Timbuktu is a film about a group of people who are Islamic extremist and fundamentalists who impose restrictions on local people living in a Malian city . It is quite a courageous project ........more so when the movie maker happens to be a Muslim. "As soon as I heard about the nomination, I was overwhelmed by an indescribable feeling," the film's director Abderrahmane Sissako said in a statement.
The movie 'Timbuktu' tells the tale of the militants occupying a town in Mali and trying to impose various restrictions .
It is getting a lot of international exposure, because this film is the first ever Oscar nominated film from Mauritania . It made the list of Best Foreign Language Film , only 5 candidates, out of 83 entries.
'Timbuktu' shows how Libyan jihadists invade Mali and turn the lives of the locals . They are no longer allowed to play music or to smoke cigarettes, the women are obliged to cover their heads when in public. In spite of all this, the film is not at all harsh or bleak. Some scenes are almost hilarious: the jihadists have to cope with serious language barriers to convey their message , they have a hard time driving cars and are often found secretly smoking cigarettes.
It is not a dark documentary sort of movie but it is quite refreshing to watch . It is filmed mostly in a rustic setting and contains some touching and funny scenes. One example is the scene of a football team playing a game without a ball, because it was not allowed by the jihadists .
It illustrates conflict between the militants and residents in showing a family torn apart by fundamentalism. It dramatizes conflicts between Africans and Arabs, farmers and fishermen, young and old .
Performers from nearly 30 countries perform in the movie, produced by Sylvie Pialat of France and shot in Mauritania .
"Timbuktu" competes for Best Foreign Film with director Andrey Zvyagintsev’s "Leviathan," Pawel Pawlikowski’s "Ida," Zaza Urushadze’s "Tangerines" and Damian Szifron’s "Wild Tales."