Timbuktu

Winner
Prize of the Ecumenical Jury ~ Special Mention
Cannes Film Festival
Nominee
Palme d’Or
Cannes Film Festival
Winner
François Chalais Award
Cannes Film Festival
Sissako... is undoubtedly one of the most interesting and ambitious writer-directors wor king in film today, and quite possibly one of the best.

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Timbuktu

Not far from Timbuktu, now ruled by religious fundamentalists, Kidane lives peacefully in the dunes with his wife Satima, his daughter Toya, and Issan, their shepherd. In town, the people suffer, powerless, from the regime of terror imposed by the jihadists. Music, laughter, cigarettes, even soccer have been banned. The women have become shadows but resist with dignity. Every day, the new improvised courts issue tragic and absurd sentences. Kidane and his family had been spared the chaos that prevails in Timbuktu, but when their destiny changes abruptly, Kidane must face the new laws of the foreign occupiers.

An Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Film.
Genre
Drama
Runtime
97
Language
French, Arabic, English, Songhay, Bambara
Director
Abderrahmane Sissako
Writer(s)
Kessen Tall, Abderrahmane Sissako
Cast
Ibrahim Ahmed, Toulou Kiki, Abel Jafri
Awards:
Winner, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury ~ Special Mention, Cannes Film Festival
Nominee, Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival
Winner, François Chalais Award, Cannes Film Festival
Nominee, Best Foreign Language Film, Academy Awards
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FEATURED REVIEW
Anthony Lane, New Yorker

The release of “Timbuktu” could not be more timely, although the sad truth is that, nowadays, almost any time would do. The story is set during the occupation of Timbuktu, in Mali, by Islamist forces. This began in April, 2012, and did not end until early the following year, when French and Malian ...

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