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Timbuktu is a fictional look at that ancient city of learning and cosmopolitanism overtaken in 2012 by jihadists who impose sharia, ban music and soccer, impose dress codes, and violently enforce the new law. It locates beauty and humanity in the simple act of boys playing soccer without a ball even as it demands a complex perspective. Speaking of the film Sissako said: “I didn’t want to have a Manichean attitude, to have the good on one side and the bad on the other.” In multiple languages with English subtitles. (2K DCP presentation)

Director Abderrahmane Sissako is scheduled to be present.

This series is sponsored by the College Arts and Humanities Institute, African Studies Program, the Black Film Center/ Archive, the Department of Comparative Literature, the Department of History, Film and Media Studies, The Media School, and the IU Cinema. Special thanks to Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Institut Français, Amélie Garin-Davet, and Marissa Moorman. Screenings are free, but ticketed.

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