October 2: Timbuktu


(Film Screening Friday, Oct. 2, 5:30 p.m. Peter’s Education Center Auditorium west of Save Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center Building)

October 2: Timbuktu

Discussant: Dr. Rose Marie Kuhn

Directed by Franco-Mauritanian director Abderrahmane Sissako, Timbuktu tells the story of the Tuareg Kidane, a cattle owner, who lives peacefully with his wife Satima, their daughter Toya, and Issan, their twelve-year-old shepherd, in the dunes not far from the city of Timbuktu, Mali, now ruled by religious fundamentalists.  In town, people suffer under the regime of terror imposed by the jihadis 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… and Kidane soon will have to face the new laws of the foreign occupants. Premiered at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, the film received seven Césars, including Best Film, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay, as well as the François Chalais Prize and the Price of the Ecumenical Jury. In addition, the film also was presented numerous awards at festivals around the world, and representing Mauritania, was nominated for Best Foreign Film of the Year at the 2015 Academy Awards. In French, Arabic, Tamasheq, Songhai, and Bambara with English subtitles. Rated PG-13, 97 minutes. http://cohenmedia.net/films/timbuktu


Sponsors: Modern & Classical Languages & Literatures Department, the French and Middle East Studies Programs


All films screened on campus are free and open to the public. Parking is not enforced after 4 p.m. on Fridays.


CineCulture is a film series provided as a service to Fresno State campus students, faculty, and staff, and community. CineCulture is also offered as a 3 unit academic course (MCJ 179) in the Mass Communication and Journalism Department. CineCulture fulfills General Education Integration Area Multicultural International (MI).


CineCulture Club promotes cultural awareness through film and post-screening discussions.

Fresno State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact us in advance to your participation.

For further information about CineCulture: http://cineculture.csufresno.edu/


Dr. Mary Husain (Instructor & Club Adviser) at mhusain@csufresno.edu

Yameen Mahmood (Club President) at yameen_02@mail.fresnostate.edu