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Timbuktu (In Translation Series)

Starring: Abel Jafri, Ibrahim Ahmed, Layla Walet Mohamed, Mehdi A.G. Mohamed, Toulou Kiki Director: Abderrahmane Sissako Genre(s): Drama Languages: English, French, Arabic, Bambara, Songhay (w/ subtitles) Rating: NR

This film is part of our In Translation series of recent foreign language films of note. Synopsis: 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 twelve-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 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 being spared the chaos that prevails in Timbuktu. But their destiny changes when Kidane accidentally kills Amadou, the fisherman who slaughtered his beloved cow. He now has to face the new laws of the foreign occupants. In Translation Series May 2 & 3: Force Majeure May 9, 10: Leviathan May 16 & 17: Timbuktu May 23 & 24: White God May 30 & 31: PK

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