For someone raised in Mauritania as I was, it was quite something to watch the first Mauritanian movie nominated for a Foreign Film Oscar. I saw it in, of all places, in a movie theatre in Rio de Janeiro, the first week of its release in Brazil. The language of cinema is truly universal as you see people who belong to an entirely different culture react in a similar way to someone from that culture. Of course there are some references not easy to get, such as the one to music lauding the Prophet by Mauritanian female artist Dimi mint Abba which is heard in a key scene showing how absurd these Islamists' prohibitions are. Unsure, also, whether people can tell when different actors use different languages (Arabic, Tuareg, Bambara etc.). The soccer game scene is one of the best I saw this year on the big screen, and the one with the killing of astounding beauty. Definitely a great director at work here, despite obvious limited resources.
Drama / War
Drama / War
A cattle herder and his family who reside in the dunes of Timbuktu find their quiet lives -- which are typically free of the Jihadists determined to control their faith -- abruptly disturbed.
October 11, 2020