Abderrahmane Sissako, France, Mauritania, Mali 2014, 97’
Direction: Abderrahmane Sissako
Executive Producer: Sylvie Pialat
Screenplay: Abderrahmane Sissako, Kessen Tall
Sound: Philippe Welsh, Roman Dymny, Thierry Delors
Music: Amine Bouhafa
Cast: Ibrahim Ahmed aka Pino, Toulou Kiki, Abel Jafri
Editing: Nadia Ben Rachid
Producers: Sébastien Birchler, Abderrahmane Sissako
Production: Les Films du Worso, Dune Vision, Arches Films
The film Timbuktu, directed by Abderrahmane Sissako, deals with the issue of universal human values on the example of the tragic fate of a family from Timbuktu. The play shows the consequences of the arrival of Islamists militant to power in the Malian desert town and the imposition of strict laws bewildered to locals. The film is inspired by true events from 2012 when people were stoned and flogged to death because of playing music or playing football, and daily murders without provocation amplify the otherwise shocking mood of the film. Kidane and his family were spared from the chaos that prevails in Timbuktu. However, their fate changes when Kidane accidentally kills the fisherman Amadou. He now has to face the new laws of the foreign occupants.
About the Autor:
Abderrahmane Sissako was born in Kiffa, Mauritania, and moved to Mali as a child. Following his feature debut, Documenta X — Die Filme (1997), his subsequent films include Life on Earth (1998), Waiting for Happiness (2002), which won the FIPRESCI Prize at Cannes, and Bamako (2006). Timbuktu(2014), which won the François Chalais Award at Cannes, is his latest film.
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