Film Screening: “Timbuktu” – Abderrahmane Sissako’s film is a beautiful, serene slice of life outside of Timbuktu

TimbuktoNOW PLAYING at Film Forum (209 West Houston Street, west of 6th Ave., box office: 212-727-8110) and at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas (Broadway between 62nd & 63rd Streets, Info & and tickets: 212-757-2280)

Directed by Abderrahmane Sissako
Written by Abderrahmane Sissako, Kessen Tall
Starring Ibrahim Ahmed
Theatrical Release date January 28, 2015
Run time 97 min

 Timbuktu is Mauritania’s first entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award.


2015 Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film! 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 “GPS,” his beloved cow. He now has to face the new laws of the foreign occupants.

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