7:30 PM | TIMBUKTU
2014 | Drama/Political drama | 1h 40m | M
Islamic militants occupy the ancient Malian city of Timbuktu, imposing a regime of terror. Not far from there, cattle herder Kidane lives peacefully in the dunes with his family. Though it sort of centres on the experiences of Kidane (Ibrahim Ahmed), Salima (Toulou Kiki), their daughter Toya and their young cowherd Issan – whose sudden, accidental loss of control of a pregnant cow results, tragically, in several deaths – the film takes in a far wider range of characters and narrative strands.
A French-Mauritanian drama, the film was named the twelfth "Best Film of the 21st Century So Far" in 2017 by The New York Times. "In providing audiences a chance to bear witness to unspeakable suffering as well as dazzling defiance and human dignity, Abderrahmane Sissako has created a film that’s a privilege to watch" ... The Washington Post