Dir. Abderrahmane Sissako. 2014, 97 mins. DCP. With Ibrahim Ahmed, Abel Jafri, Toulou Kiki. The peaceful lives of Mali villagers living in the dunes near Timbuktu are disrupted by the oppressive strictures imposed by Jihadists who have banned music, cigarettes, laughter, and even soccer. All too timely, Sissako’s beautifully observed and devastating film combines gentle humanism with sharp social satire.
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