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Timbuktu: the movie by Abderrahmane Sissako nominated at Oscars 2015

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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:



Original text by: Blaise AKAME

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