Timbuktu (Sissako, France/Mali, etc., 2014)
Abderrahmane Sissako continues his themes in the political and poetic spirit of Aimé Césaire and his critique of colonialism. Sissako’s use of a horizontal wide frame incorporates people as ensemble in the desert and in town and more importantly situates them on land that has been contested and settled for centuries. The residues of ancient contestations and accommodations are thematically suggested with Sissako’s use of local languages of Tamasheq, Bambara, Songhay, Koyra Chiini. The new colonialists, the Jihadists, who occupied Timbuktu in 2012, brought with them Arabic, French, and English. While its focus is on a Tuareg herder family, Sissako expands his cinema by observing other characters as if prowling the rooms of a house. With cool detachment, we observe the Jihadists in their obsessive surveillance of the occupied population and their justifications for their harsh version of Sharia Law. Winner of French César as Best Film of 2015.
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