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Timbuktu (In Translation Series)

  • Starring: Abel Jafri, Ibrahim Ahmed, Layla Walet Mohamed, Mehdi A.G. Mohamed, Toulou Kiki
  • Director: Abderrahmane Sissako
  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Languages: English, French, Arabic, Bambara, Songhay (w/ subtitles)
  • Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 97 min.

This film is part of our In Translation series of recent foreign language films of note.

Synopsis: Not far from Timbuktu, now ruled by the religious fundamentalists, Kidane lives peacefully in the dunes with his wife Satima, his daughter Toya, and Issan, their twelve-year-old shepherd. In town, the people suffer, powerless, from the regime of terror imposed by the Jihadists determined to control their faith. 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 are being spared the chaos that prevails in Timbuktu. But their destiny changes when Kidane accidentally kills Amadou, the fisherman who slaughtered his beloved cow. He now has to face the new laws of the foreign occupants.

In Translation Series

May 2 & 3: Force Majeure

May 9, 10: Leviathan

May 16 & 17: Timbuktu

May 23 & 24: White God

May 30 & 31: PK

"A transcendent political poem as intellectually rigorous as it is beautiful."
- Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer
"An extraordinary accomplishment, a heartbreaking, visually spectacular and largely accessible work from a cinematic master who is more than ready for international attention."
- Andrew O'Hehir,
"For all its value in bearing witness to the kind of atrocious acts that get but little attention on the world stage, this is not mere testimony, this is cleverly crafted and remarkably affecting storytelling."
- Jessica Kiang, The Playlist