Timbuktu: Abderrahmane Sissako and African Cinema

Taking the Day School Online!

Unfortunately we are unable to provide you with a Film Day School ‘in the flesh’ for the foreseeable future, so we are going to try to organise an online event. It will have to be an event that focuses on a film available/accessible to everyone at no cost. The easiest way to do this is to select a film screened by the BBC.

Timbuktu (Mauritania-France 2014) will be screened on BBC2 at 12.20 a.m.on Sunday 5 April. Such is the fate of African films! You could record the film then or you could watch it on iPlayer at any time over the next fortnight.

Our plan is to produce some notes that could be sent to you by email and an ‘illustrated’ lecture that will be available online to access at your convenience. We will then set up an online discussion using Zoom to which you will be invited.

We intend to hold this on Saturday 18th April as that is the date we had planned for an event before COVID-19 shut us down. The discussion will probably last for around one hour at a specific time to be confirmed. You don’t have to join the group if you’d just like to access the notes and the presentation. 

All of this is a new venture for us and things might go wrong, but there will be no cost involved for you!

We did show Timbuktu at Kala Sangam a few years ago but this will be an opportunity to delve much deeper into one kind of African cinema. We will learn more about director Abderrahmane Sissako and the history of cinema in Francophone West Africa. Timbuktu is one of the highest-profile African films of recent years, celebrated at Cannes and as an Oscar Nominee in a very strong field.


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