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Abderrahmane Sissako

by Carson Lund Film

Timbuktu | Abderrahmane Sissako

February 6, 2015

In an overhead shot, a 4×4 full of jihadists crawls down a cramped village alleyway, where it’s greeted by a lanky woman in flowing colored garments, her arms outstretched and a ribbon of black cloth spreading to the outer reaches of the 2:35:1 frame. It’s a potent early image of conflict and resistance in a film that will continue to deal in such explicit cinematic terms. Later, the lyrical vision of a group of boys playing soccer, Blow-Up style, with an imaginary…

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