A cattle herder and his family who reside in the dunes of Timbuktu find their quiet lives abruptly disturbed.

In an area not far from the ancient Malian city of Timbuktu, now ruled by religious fundamentalists. The regime of terror imposed by the Jihadists are determined to control the people’s faith. Music, laughter, cigarettes, even soccer have been banned. The women have become shadows but resist with dignity.

Every day, the new improvised courts issue tragic and absurd sentences. Kidane and his family are being spared the chaos that prevails in Timbuktu. But their destiny changes abruptly in this stunningly rendered film from a master of world cinema.

Reviews

Abderrahmane Sissako confirms his status as one of the true humanists of recent cinema with this stunningly shot and deeply empathetic Drama.
Sissako) has made a film of unforgettable anger, yet tempered his outrage with humor, compassion and visual poetry.