A family of cattle herders living outside a West African city strives to maintain their quality of life amidst the presence of jihadists imposing their laws on the people of Timbuktu.
Director Abderrahmane Sissako (“Bamako”) examines an especially relevant world issue here with admirable humanity. Extremists are exposed as manipulators and intimidators, but Sissako stops short of caricature. The resilience of strong women is particularly highlighted, and while the dramatic crescendo failed to fully compel me, many sequences, such as an illegal youth soccer game played with an imaginary ball, are achieved with great poignancy.
6 out of 10 pointsReturn to CIFF 2014 Coverage
French, Arabic, Bambara, English, Songhay
1 hr. 37 min.
Ibrahim Ahmed, Toulou Kiki, Abel Jafri, Fatoumata Diawara, Hichem Yacoubi, Kettly Noël, Mehdi A.G. Mohamed, Layla Walet Mohamed, Adel Mahmoud Cherif, Salem Dendou