TRAILER: ‘Timbuktu’ by Abderrahmane Sissako (UK Release May 29, 2015)

‘Timbuktu’ is Mauritanian director Abderrahmane Sissako’s acclaimed film that debuted late last year. The film is based on the 2012 Malian coup d’état and the injustices stemming from Sharia Law. While the film highlights the dangers of religious extremism, Sissako made sure to showcase the rich cultural heritage of the Malian people.

The soundtrack was written and performed by Malian singer Fatoumata Diawara who also stars in the movie. The film will be released in UK cinemas & on demand via Artificial Eye from 29 May.


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 12-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 football 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.


Source: TimbuktuFilm.co.uk/

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