Timbuktu (2014)

A film by Abderrahmane Sissako

Cast: Ibrahim Ahmed, Toulou Kiki, Abel Jafri

Director Abderrahmane Sissako  drops the audience right into Timbuktu. Both the film and the place. You will have an understanding of the story as well an appreciation towards it. You will have a deeper understanding of the event that is presented in the front of you. Most affected by these new regulations are the local women.They are forced to cover their faces as well as their feet and hands. But those woman are the most resistant toward those rules, it is a powerful sight to see them yelling in the front of of men wielding AK47s. Timbuktu is not a polemical strike against religious extremism, It is hard to watch, and you stomach will turn upside-down watching some of the cruel things happening to those people but it has some moment of humor at times. One scene where a speech being delivered by a young Jihadist,  he was a rapper until the wave of extremism came in, and here he is explaining his conversion to a camera. Many of you have seen  video like that one  before, online or on the news, but Sissako here shows us what’s happening on outside of the frame, complete with interruptions for coaching, awkward pauses and  screw-ups. It’s a smart scene, and powerful also. There are many moments like this, cutting through received perceptions of Jihadists. Sissako never looses sight of the subject matter. The film has been shot beautiful well some spectacular work there. You will see what kind of rules they must comply, soccer ball are not allowed music is not even singing and you will think it is the stupidest thing but it is serious business for the Jihadist. We live in a society where we can speak are mind, we can do what we want but we know very little about the rest of the world and how they live until you go there or hear it on the news. A terrific film By Sissako it will come in the US on January 28 2015 if I am not mistaken. Do see that on I highly recommend it. Plus it has won plenty of award in Europe already.