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Directed by Abderrahmane Sissako

Mauritania 2014 100 mins. In Arabic, French, Tamasheq, Bambara

Not far from Timbuktu, now ruled by religious fundamentalists, mild-mannered herdsman Kidane lives peacefully in the dunes with his wife and daughter. In town, the people suffer, powerless, from the regime of terror imposed by the Jihadists; music, laughter, cigarettes, even soccer have been banned. Every day, the new improvised courts issue tragic and absurd sentences, and when Kidane accidentally kills a neighbor, he is forced to confront the chaos head on. Set in the early days of the jihadist takeover of northern Mali in 2012, Sissako’s drama delivers a warm and often humorous condemnation of religious intolerance. This year’s Mauritanian submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. In French, Arabic, and Bambara with English subtitles. Ages 13+.

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