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An Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, this timely drama stars Ibrahim Ahmed as Kidane, who lives peacefully in the dunes outside Timbuktu with his wife Satima (Toulou Kiki), their daughter Toya and their shepherd Issan. Timbuktu is now ruled by religious fundamentalists, and the people suffer powerlessly from the regime of terror imposed by the Jihadists. Music, laughter, cigarettes, even soccer, have been banned. The women have become shadows but resist with dignity, and every day, the new improvised courts issue tragic and absurd sentences. Kidane and his family had been spared the chaos that prevails in Timbuktu, but when their destiny changes abruptly, he must face the new laws of the foreign occupants. Rated PG-13 for some violence and thematic elements. In French, Arabic, Bambara, Songhay with English subtitles. Director: Abderrahmane Sissako. (Mauritania/France 2014) 97 min.

AWARDS: Cannes Film Festival 2014, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury – Abderrahmane Sissako; François Chalais Award – Abderrahmane Sissako;  In Spirit for Freedom Award Best Feature
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