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iLens: Timbuktu

Sunday, April 02, 2017,

  • Location: Sarratt Cinema

Presented by Dianna Bell, Mellon Assistant Professor of Religious Studies.

France/Maurtania (2014) Dir. Abderrahmane Sissako. Not far from the ancient Malian city of Timbuktu, cattle herder Kidane lives peacefully in the dunes with his wife, their daughter and their twelve-year-old shepherd. In town, the people suffer 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 spared the chaos that prevails in Timbuktu, their destiny changes abruptly. Arabic, French, Tamasheq, Songhay, English, and Bambara with English Subtitles. 97 minutes. Blu-ray. Presented in collaboration with the Vanderbilt Trans-Institutional Program: Africa at the Crossroads.