Film #21 of 30 in my March Around The World | 2017 Challenge (Mauritania)
Timbuktu. In English slang, the very word has come to mean "an extremely distant and inaccessible location." In our minds, it's as far from anywhere as you can travel, even though until the 16th century it was once a major trading center for gold and salt on the trans-Sahara trade routes. Today, it's a town of about 54,000, designated as the capital of the Timbuktu Region of the Republic of Mali, where the population is said to be "98% Muslim, 2% Christian and 100% Animist."
In writer-director Abderrahmane Sissako's Oscar-nominated film, "Timbuktu" is the crucible for an examination of modern life under Islamic jihadists…