Director:   Abderrahmane Sissako
Year:   2014
Language:   French, Arabic, Bambara, English, Songhay and Tamashek
Time:   97 minutes

In 2012 a militant Islamic group, Ansar Dine, took control of the ancient city of Timbuktu on the southern edge of the Sahara Desert. Sharia law was imposed and the community had to adjust to its harsh and arbitrary rules. A dispute between a cattleman and fisherman exemplifies the human toll this abrupt change brings.

Rated PG-13 for some violence and thematic elements.

This a special presented in collaboration with Shepherd University's International Affairs Program and Department of History. Post-film discussion led by Dr. Elizabeth Perego.


About the director Abderrahmane Sissako.

Other background on the film.

A selection of reviews of the film.