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Timbuktu: the movie by Abderrahmane Sissako nominated at Oscars 2015

HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 08: Writer/director Abderrahmane Sissako attends the "Timbuktu" photo call during AFI FEST 2014 presented by Audi at TCL Chinese 6 Theatres on November 8, 2014 in Hollywood, California.   Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images/AFP== FOR NEWSPAPERS, INTERNET, TELCOS & TELEVISION USE ONLY ==

The Mauritanian director, Abderrahman Sissako, should be wildly joycing by being informed that his movie “Timbuktu“, is just nominated for the Oscar 2015 as the best foreign film.

The work makes the pride of a whole continent because being the only African production nominated for the greatest consecration of the world cinema held in the United States.

In other words, “Timbuktu” is the first Mauritanian movie selected in the Oscar for the Best Foreign Film.

Timbuktu will thus compete with the Russian movie, “Leviathan” by Andreï Zviaguintsev, that won the Golden Globe in the same category, in front of the Polish movie, “Ida” by Pawel Pawlikowski and “Les nouveaux sauvages” by the Argentine director, Damian Szifron.

Timbuktu“, a full-length film that evokes everyday life in the city Timbuktoo occupied by the Islamists, has got over 500 000 spectators in France since its release last December.

At the time I am informed about this appointment, I am submerged by an indescribable feeling. It is an honor for me, a great sign for Mauritania and Africa“, declared Abderrahman Sissako, in a written statement.

Extremely touched by the choice of the Oscar Academy, the latter asserted that “it is the recognition of a work carried out with passion and commitment by men and women from various countries united to defend our universal values of love, peace and justice“.

 An extract from the movie as below:

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Original text by: Blaise AKAME

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