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Rated PG-13 · 97 minutes · 2015

At the edge of the Sahara Desert in the West African country of Mali (shot in neighboring Mauritania), a quietly dignified herdsman named Kidane (played by actor Ibrahim Ahmed, aka Pino) and his family find their lives getting harder ever since the arrival of Arabic-speaking foreigners in town, telling the locals how to dress, banning music, cigarettes, and mixed socializing, etc. And then comes the last straw. Director Abderrahmane Sissako, who co-wrote the screenplay with Kessen Tall, takes an emotionally charged social-issue political story and lowers the heat to a slow simmer. The steadily mounting tension, combined with Amine Bouhafa’s indigenous-sounding music, makes for a fresh, and very jaundiced, look at Islamist jihadism in an African hot spot (97 min.)
Director: Abderrahmane Sissako
Producer: Rémi Burah, Etienne Comar, Sylvie Pialat and Olivier Père
Cast: Ibrahim Ahmed, Toulou Kiki, Abel Jafri, Fatoumata Diawara, Hichem Yacoubi, Kettly Noël, Mehdi Mohamed, Layla Mohamed, Adel Cherif and Salem Dendou



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