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Timbuktu (VOSTF)
Location
Main screening room
Date
June 26th, 2021
Duration
96 min
Cycle
Black at the camera

Black at the Camera is more than a hundred years of Black cinema. From silent cinema dealing with segregation to films testifying decolonization; from animation to documentaries, including historical reconstructions. The new generation is not left out, expressing itself with aplomb in all forms of contemporary cinema. This ensemble also reflects the work of Canadian and Quebec filmmakers, will be presented to the public at the Cinémathèque québécoise throughout the month of June.

This program, produced in collaboration with the Fabienne Colas Foundation and the Montreal International Black Film Festival, is also supported by the Cinémathèque Afrique of The Institut français.

Tickets will be on sale on May 20.

Timbuktu
Directed by
Abderrahmane Sissako
Language
VOSTF
Actors
Ibrahim Ahmed, Abel Jafri, Toulou Kiki
Origins
Mauritania, France, Qatar
Year
2014
Duration
96 min
Genre
Drama
Format
DCP
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, 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 from the chaos that prevails in Timbuktu. But their destiny changes when Kidane accidentaly kills Amadou, the fisherman who slaughtered “GPS”, his beloved cow. He now has to face the new laws of the foreign occupants.

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Abderrahmane Sissako

Abderrahmane Sissako (born 13 October 1961) is a Mauritanian-born Malian film director and producer. His 2007 film Bamako received much attention. Sissako's themes include globalisation, exile and the displacement of people. His 2014 film Timbuktu was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or in the main competition section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. (Wikipedia)

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A cry from the heart

Sissako diversifies aspects of the event into separate fictional scenes, and finds something more than simple outrage and horror, however understandable and necessary those reactions are. He gives us a complex depiction of the kind you don’t get on the nightly TV news, even trying to get inside the heads and hearts of the aggressors themselves...

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