Timbuktu
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Showings
Rafael 1Sun, Oct 5, 2014 1:45 PM Not Available
 
Sequoia 1Mon, Oct 6, 2014 3:00 PM Not Available
 
Rafael 2Sun, Oct 12, 2014 8:00 PM Not Available
 
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Country:France
Mauritania
Year:2014
Running Time:97
Language:Arabic
Bambara
French
English
Songhay
Tamasheq dialogue
Director:Abderrahmane Sissako
Producer:Abderrahmane Sissako
Screenwriter:Abderrahmane Sissako
Kessen Tall
Cinematographer:Sofian El Fani
Editor:Nadia Ben Rachid
Cast:Ibrahim Ahmed
Toulou Kiki
Abel Jafri
Fatoumata Diawara
Hichem Yacoubi
Kettly Noel
Print Source:Cohen Media Group
Note Writer:Rod Armstrong
Description

A cri de coeur from Timbuktu to here, director-co-writer Sissako’s vibrant, graceful film depicts a community and family fraying and fracturing-though also finding moments of joy and fun-under forced occupation. Set during the jihadist takeover of northern Mali in 2012, the story focuses on the mild-mannered herdsman Kidane, who runs afoul of the rebels when his beloved cow, affectionately named “GPS,” goes astray. But everyone suffers as standard village modes of restitution and punishment clash with the stricter edicts and gun-crazy bullying of the jihadis. While Timbuktu has the piercing tragedy of Kidane and his loving family at its heart, there is humor and ingenuity in its portrait of other villagers’ small rebellions: a fishmonger’s refusal to wear gloves, a trio singing forbidden music, young men playing soccer with an imaginary ball. Forced to shoot in neighboring Mauritania due to unsafe conditions in Mali, Sissako (Bamako; Life on Earth, MVFF 1998) remains deeply committed to portraying the plight and fortitude of his people with a kaleidoscopic and singularly humane vision.

WITH SUPPORT FROM THE CONSULATE GENERAL OF FRANCE IN SAN FRANCISCO AND THE FRENCH AMERICAN CULTURAL SOCIETY AND THE INSTITUT FRANCAIS
IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE MUSEUM OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORA

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Additional Information

Abderrahmane Sissako