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The film explores the denizens of the city of Timbuktu, Mali, in West Africa, who are living under strict Sharia Law around the year 2012. The city is under the occupation of extremist Islamists bearing a jihadist black flag The dignified Kidane is a cattle herder who lives outside of the city. One day, one of his cows accidentally damages the net of a fisherman. The enraged fisherman kills the cow. Having armed himself with a pistol, Kidane confronts the fisherman and accidentally shoots him dead. The jihadists arrest Kidane and, per sharia law, offer to spare his life if the victim's family forgive him and he pays blood money of 40 cattle. Kidane's daughter corrals the cattle but no forgiveness is forthcoming so he is sentenced to death. His wife shows up at his execution and as they run to each other the executioners gun them down. Kidane's daughter flees.

The film was named the twelfth "Best Film of the 21st Century So Far" in 2017 by The New York Times.

  • dir: Abderrahmane Sissako

  • Year: 2014

  • country: France, Mauritania

  • run-time: 96 mins

  • rating: 12

£6.00 (£4.50 conc.)

Doors 18:30 - Film 19:30