French Title: Timbuktu
Director: Abderrahmane Sissako
Cast: Ahmed Ibrahim dit Pino, Toulou Kiki, Abel Jafri, Hichem Yacoubi
Length: 97 min
Release: France / Mauritania
Release: Dec. 2014
Select Awards: 7 César Awards (including Best Film), 2 Awards in Cannes (& 7 nominations), 2 Lumières Award, 1 Oscar Nomination (Best Foreign Film)
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, 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.