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Timbuktu
February 2017

Each scene is breathtaking, such as a long shot of a river at a key moment, and an unforgettable soccer game played with no ball.

- Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post

Timbuktu
February 2017

Timbuktu feels at once timely and permanent, immediate and essential.

- A. O. Scott, The New York Times

Timbuktu
February 2017

Sissako’s frames are open, uninsistent, and he even shows some sympathy for his villains, who are severe but not sadistic.

- David Edelstein, Vulture

Timbuktu

Timbuktu

Date: February 26, 2017

Location: UICA


Timbuktu is a 2014 French-Mauritanian drama film directed by Abderrahmane Sissako. It was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or in the main competition section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

The film looks at the brief occupation of TimbuktuMali by Ansar Dine. Parts of the film were influenced by a 2012 public stoning of an unmarried couple in Aguelhok.  It was shot in Oualata, a town in south-east Mauritania.

This program is free and open to the public and begins at 2:00pm on Sunday, Febrary 26 in the UICA theater, with the short film You are Going to Hell (13 min.) followed by the feature film. 

A panel discussion with a film scholar and history/cultural representative takes place after the film viewing, followed by a reception with complimentary food and beverages reflecting the regional cuisine of the film's origin.

Panel Discussion for Timbuktu

Moderator: Christina Dugan

Panelist(s): Richard Yidana and Spencer Everhart

 

More about Chiaroscuro's 11th Season:

2017 Series Theme: Journeys

Using a variety of narrative, cinematic, and thematic devices, each film explores the idea of the journey – external, internal, metaphorical, or otherwise. The 2017 Series presents an award-winning roster of five celebrated films from around the world.


Reviews

Each scene is breathtaking, such as a long shot of a river at a key moment, and an unforgettable soccer game played with no ball.

- Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post

Timbuktu feels at once timely and permanent, immediate and essential.

- A. O. Scott, The New York Times

Sissako’s frames are open, uninsistent, and he even shows some sympathy for his villains, who are severe but not sadistic.

- David Edelstein, Vulture

Timbuktu Official Trailer

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