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Timbuktu is a French-Mauritanian drama film directed by Abderrahmane Sissako. It was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or in the main competition section at the Cannes Film Festival. At Cannes, it won the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury and the François Chalais Prize. It was nominated for the Academy Award. 28 May It was too hot for Africa and got banned in Paris. Abderrahmane Sissako, the director of Timbuktu, explains why the film makes him cry. 28 May African director Abderrahmane Sissako's insightful drama about a family and a city shattered by bigotry and violence teeters between hope and despair.
Directed by Abderrahmane Sissako. With Ibrahim Ahmed, Abel Jafri, Toulou Kiki, Layla Walet Mohamed. A cattle herder and his family who reside in the dunes of Timbuktu find their quiet lives -- which are typically free of the Jihadists determined to control their faith -- abruptly disturbed. 5 Mar A strength of Abderrahmane Sissako's “Timbuktu” is its determination, worrying to some, to let its characters, even the jihadists, be morally complicated. With his previous film "Bamako" and now his latest "Timbuktu," director Abderrahmane Sissako has lots to say which is always commendable. What is not so much except for some memorable imagery like a soccer game being played without a ball and a woman with a big bird on her shoulder blocking the way of an SUV is.
24 May Mali's brutal jihadists are depicted with oblique defiance and even compassion in this latest exemplary piece of cinema from Abderrahmane Sissako, says Geoff Andrew.