Abderrahmane Sissako's Acclaimed Film ‘Timbuktu’ Coming Out on Blu-Ray DVD in June
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Abderrahmane Sissako's Acclaimed Film ‘Timbuktu’ Coming Out on Blu-Ray DVD in June

nullAbderrahmane Sissako’s acclaimed dramatic film,

"Timbuktu”,  which was Mauritania’s first ever film to be nominated for a

Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award and only the eight film from the African

continent to be nominated since the category was established in 1947,  tells the story of what happens when people

living in northern Mali deal with and eventually resist a jihadist takeover by

some militant Islamic rebels,

The film was inspired by the real-life story of the 2012

stoning of a young unmarried couple, by Islamists, in a Northern Mali town

called Aguelhok and Sissako said about his film that "Aguelhok is neither

Damascus nor Teheran and in no way am I looking to over-emotionalize these

events for the purposes of a moving film. What I do want to do is bear witness

as a filmmaker. Because I will never be able to say I didn’t know. And because

of what I know now, I must tell this story – in the hope that no child may ever

have to learn this same lesson in the future. That their parents could die,

simply because they love each other.

The film, which without question was one of the best films

of 2014  is an emotionally powerful, visually

striking, hauntingly beautiful film that will resonate with you long after you

see it  After its world premiere at last

year’s Cannes Film Festival, where it received a 10 minute standing ovation,

the film was picked up by the Cohen Media Group for U.S. distribution

The Cohen media group has announced that the film will be releasing on Blu-ray DVD on June 9. No word as yet as for any special features also

included on the DVD, but most likely there will be quite a few including a commentary track by Sissako about the making of the film..

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