SAT 19 SEPT – ‘Timbuktu’ (12A)

Doors open 7.15 for a 7:45 start
£5 & £3 (under 16)

timbuktu poster

Not far from the ancient Malian city of Timbuktu, now ruled by the religious fundamentalists, proud cattle herder Kidane (Ibrahim Ahmed aka Pino) lives peacefully in the dunes with his wife Satima (Toulou Kiki), his daughter Toya (Layla Walet Mohamed), and Issan (Mehdi Ag Mohamed), their twelve-year-old shepherd. In town, the people suffer, powerless, from the regime of terror imposed by the Jihadists determined to control their 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.

  ‘Searing and brilliant. A passionate and visually beautiful film’ – THE GUARDIAN

‘Powerful, stunning… Sissako is a master’ – Jay Weissberg, VARIETY


‘Memorably magical and supremely honest’ – Geoff Andrew, SIGHT & SOUND

  ‘Full of life, irony, poetry… gorgeous’ – Tim Robey, THE TELEGRAPH

‘A mesmerising mix of mood and tone’ – Manohla Dargis, THE NEW YORK TIMES


Timbuktu is a political film in the way that The Bicycle Thief or Modern Times is a political film:
It feels at once timely and permanent, immediate and essential’ – A.O. Scott, THE NEW YORK TIMES

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