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A song for freedom
A cattle herder and his family who reside in the dunes of Timbuktu find their quiet lives -- which are typically free of the Jihadists determined to control their faith -- abruptly disturbed. A look at the brief occupation of Timbuktu by militant Islamic rebels.
tiff 2014 film #10
This film struck me like no other at TIFF.
If you want to know what it is like, really like, when your world gets taken over by regimes or fanatics that haphazardly impose their will over yours, this is the film to see. If you want to know what it is like to be helpless, truly helpless, the way many communities are in the world, this is the film to see. If you want to see the results of fanaticism, not in the big headline-worthy way (although that too) but in the insidious way it manifests itself in your daily life, this is the film to see.
Director Abderrahmane Sissako takes his time, he takes care…
TIFF 2014 film #10
Reason for pick: Buzz from Cannes
Director Abderrahmane Sissako frames his story of the occupation of Timbuktu by Islamic fundamentalist rebels with a perfect first scene. A jeep filled with men carrying machine guns races across the plane chasing a gazelle. Several rounds are fired, and we hear a voice yell out “ no! no! we don’t want to kill him, we just want to wear him out.”
Aside from this opening shot, the extremists are not painted as banshee screaming gun firing boogymen. No, their quiet insinuation into the lives of the residents of Timbuktu is much more insidious. With Sharia law imposed, hands can be chopped, daughters taken against their and their parents will…
Do not miss this great film when it comes to a theater at a major metropolis near you at the end of the month. It has its imperfections, but they pale in significance to its elegiac sense of will. After what happened yesterday in Paris, and especially for those confused about the ties between Islam and terrorism or operating under the mistaken belief that Charlie Hebdo's provocations weren't necessary, the film's searing, lucid depiction of innocents rightfully, righteously fighting fundamentalism from within will grip you in horrified empathy.
The ways of the law
As a Hawksian paradox.
A life of poetry
Requires no ball.
Facing away from God.
Cannes review for The Film Stage. #WatchAfricanCinema.
Worst "Lion King" sequel ever.
*hold for laughter/gradual standing ovation*
*duck for impending hurled fruit*
No, in all seriousness, one of 2014's most vital films. Why? Because director Abderrahmane Sissako abandons the typical frills of political issue filmmaking for something fiercely intellectual, to compellingly and properly tell a tale of a landscape civilly pillaged. Suffers a bit from its leaning more toward the latter half of the compound descriptor "docudrama" -- one critical sequence of action in particular in which the image of a young girl is cross-referenced to that of a frightened gazelle is a rookie bit of painfully obvious metaphorical shading.
But for the most part of its relatively trim (100 minutes) running time, "Timbuktu"…
This film could be called #NotAllMuslims. While its project is admirable, I suppose, in the way that it demonstrates the varying kinds of people of faith in Mauritania and the ways that these cultural divides continue to cause tension among people, the film is so transparently made with an eye towards placating international viewers that it forsakes the opportunity to show something genuine and deeply realized. I was honestly surprised to find that Sissako is from Mauritania. If you'd told me he was a well-meaning white filmmaker who had traveled to Mauritania and what he saw there was horrifying and he just had to, Had To, make a movie to open the world's eyes to the injustice and oppression people…
Who shoots fetishes? Are they welcome in Timbuktu, city of 4oo tombs? First half of film sets up slow peaceful pace making later escalating violence more impactful and doing justice to the wonderful side of Africa I knew as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mali. The film shows real people discussing real confusions about Sharia - such as who has authority to approve marriages. The Bambara woman in the market refusing to wear gloves to sell fish was a highlight! The open ending was appropriate.
A beautiful, poignant, powerful film that provides great insight into life under oppression without dehumanizing any of its characters.
Full review: throndmedia.blogspot.ca/2015/04/timbuktu-review.html
Lyrical, beautiful, tragic without being overwrought- makes you think how precious life is whenever you pick up a guitar, sit outside, dance, or lift your voice to sing, ...
This is a difficult film for me to shake; its power snuck up and then for days afterward left me to reconsider everything that led up to its searing finale. It’s a visually beautiful film, but its main objective is to illuminate the jihadists’ hypocrisy and gradually increasing brutality without stripping them of their humanity. Some will see this as a weakness or fault, but respectfully, I tend to think the severity of that thinking leads us back to the problem; what makes Timbuktu so effective is how it depicts and considers the fallout of hideous deeds stemming from a monstrous ideology, and all the while being devoid of monsters.
Logra ser muy cruda y desgarradora cuando es necesario, sin caer en excesos, lo cual para este tipo de historias se agradece mucho. En cambio nos regala paisajes hermosos y en cierta manera se puede sentir la inocencia de los niños que viven en este lugar, me da la impresión de que comprenden todo lo que ocurre, pero no pueden dejar de dar explicaciones sencillas a sus realidades, sin ser superfluas ni irrelevantes.
TIMBUKTU is one of those once-in-a-lifetime movies. Told with broad human strokes and interweaving passion, empathy, violence, fear, and love, Abderrahmane Sissako’s film was detailed, powerful, and emotionally beautifully. This is one of those movies that will remain with you long after the credits have rolled and that first week has stammered by. Its scope is vast, yet its message is crystal clear. It sweeps you to an entirely unfamiliar world (or at least it was to me), demonstrates the confusion of those trying to survive amongst a regime of new rules, and how hope literally squeezes through the smallest cracks. Yet Sissako’s vision of TIMBUKTU wasn’t just walking cattle, playing a guitar, or playing soccer – it was instead…
A stunning film that carefully depicts the full spectrum of humanity, in its grace and ugliness alike.
(Also, that invisible soccer game almost makes me want to get into soccer. Almost.)
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014, now updated every mid-April.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the…