Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at 2 pm – Free
Inspired by real events, this incomparably moving portrait of a cattle herder fending off jihadists in northern Mali unfolds during a fundamentalist occupation that enforces bans against sports, music, and laughter. Mauritanian-born filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako weaves together stories that capture all the absurdity, hypocrisy, and terror of living under such an occupation. Yet at the same time, his film is also lyrical, gorgeous, and exalting as it locates the warm human poetry that exists even under these conditions. Nominated for Best Foreign Film at this year’s Academy Awards and winner of two prizes at the Cannes Film Festival, Timbuktu is the most universally acclaimed African film of the decade.
“Timbuktu is as fresh as today’s headlines, but it’s paced and photographed like a timeless slice of life. It’s an exquisite, wise and even funny film, easily the best of the year.” (Joe Williams, St. Louis-Post Dispatch)
“In providing audiences a chance to bear witness to unspeakable suffering as well as dazzling defiance and human dignity, Sissako has created a film that’s a privilege to watch.” (Ann Hornaday, Washington Post)
In Arabic and Bambara with English subtitles
Mauritania / France – 2014 – 97 mins.
Introduced by Gayle Cohen with a post-screening discussion lead by her