Abderrahmane Sissako• 2013• 1h40• Drame
Languages French, Arab, Bambara, Tamasheq
“Timbuktu” is a 2014 film directed by Abderrahmane Sissako. The film takes place in the ancient city of Timbuktu, Mali, which is occupied by extremist jihadists. The film explores the lives of the city’s residents as they navigate the imposed strict laws and regulations of the occupiers. The film follows the story of a cattle herder and his family, who are caught in the middle of the conflict, and highlights the beauty of the city’s culture and heritage even amidst the violence and turmoil. Through its powerful portrayal of the impact of extremism on a community, “Timbuktu” provides a thought-provoking meditation on the human spirit and the importance of cultural preservation. The film is a must-see for anyone interested in contemporary African cinema and the impact of global politics on local communities.
Helsinki University Africa Research Forum for Social Sciences and Humanities – Afristadi fosters research and research dissemination, with two key goals:
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