Academy award nominee for best foreign film, Abderrahmane Sissako's Timbuktu is a cinema "jewel". Revolving around the unbalanced struggle between Timbuktu's residents and the hard line islamist invaders which forms the core of the film, it also brings to light the frictions between Tuareg Arabs and black Africans, farmers and fishermen.
Being a cris de coeur against religious intolerance taken to the extreme, Timbuktu's approach to reality is rather compelling because of its poetry and the subtlety with which it touches viewers as we gradually and almost unnoticeably get involved in the lives of several of its main characters whilst feeling their pain and incapability to justly face what is happening to them.
"(...) gracefully assembled and ultimately disquieting" - Rotten Tomatoes
"(...) a wrenching tragic fable, Aesop-like in its moral clarity" - Daily Telegraph