British Columbia

Van Vogue Jam Shares Vogue Culture in Safe and Inclusive Space

Van Vogue Jam Shares Vogue Culture in Safe and Inclusive Space

by Yasmine Shemesh VANCOUVER – Vogue: a dance form, illustrated by fierce stares, whirling limbs, and fabulous costumes, that emerged…


Beatroute BC on Instagram

  • A Steve Louie With A View brasstronaut
  • Had a great time with dearrouge at the JUNO Awardshellip
  • A pioneer in the evolution of electronic music thegrainymustard caughthellip
  • The December 2017 issue of BeatRoute featuring vicmensa and ourhellip
  • Forever riding that wave of mutilation BeatRoute editor Johnny Papanhellip
  • Meet Rudolf Penner Vancouverite artist activist musician and person whoshellip
  • Shes the biggest and fastestrising RB star youve never heardhellip
  • Looking forward to our Christmas party that we are hostinghellip
  • One of Canadas most infamous punk bands is back! Checkhellip

‘Timbuktu’ captures the anxiety of living daily life under fundamentalist rule

Thursday 28th, May 2015 / 15:58
By Christopher McCahon

VANCOUVER — The world of Timbuktu is not one that we see every day. From cows and tent houses to assault rifles and Sharia law—the government’s regulation of private life—with nothing but sand in between, this film paints a bleak picture of the true events when religious fundamentalists took over a conservatively Muslim West African town in 2013.

Timbuktu shows us local villagers’ attempt to go about their daily lives as the jihadists tell them what they can and can’t do. A fish merchant must wear gloves and cover her face because she is a woman. A group of teenagers can’t get together and play music or soccer. With these laws enforced by lashes and stonings, it takes all they have just to get by. Yet despite all this there are some who are still defiant. One such villager is Kidane (Ibrahim Ahmed), who lives the life of a cowherder on the outskirts of town with his wife and daughter while trying and failing to escape the harassment by the new authority that has already forced out all of their old friends along the way. Through oppression and intimidation and with little regard for the community’s traditions, the jihadists manage to grip tightly onto what power they have, but the constant threat of persecution and violence put on the people has everyone on edge.

All the actors are incredibly cast with a wide representation of several unique languages and cultures all sown together under the direction of Abderrahmane Sissako, who brought the film to the Cannes film festival and to an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. With the characters being played by such authentic individuals, you can’t help but see yourself right there along with them questioning the very same things that they have to deal with, and you’ll find yourself wondering: when your life and your family’s well-being are on the line, how do you stand up to a force that is unchanging and unforgiving?

Now playing at Vancity Theatre.

, , ,

AFFILIATE DISCLOSURE: is a member of Apple Music's Affiliate Program. This site collects commissions on purchases that our site's readers decide to make from Apple Music/iTunes affiliate embeds and hyperlinks provided in our posts.




Beatroute AB on Instagram

  • A lot of inspiration was taken from vintage hotography withhellip
  • SHOW ANNOUNCEMENT! 13  Crystal Eyes Child Actress and WITShellip
  • Were the kids in America woahoh! Hey are you athellip
  • Check out our review of The Alberta Electronic Music Conferencehellip
  • Our beautiful December issue is on the streets now! Ourhellip
  • The amazing Ellen Doty is partnering with Monogram Coffee tohellip
  • SHOW ANNOUNCEMENT! 33  Our annual holiday party at ThePalominohellip
  • Check out the review of OCSs Memory of A Cuthellip
  • SHOW ANNOUNCEMENT! 23  Were throwing our first ever Edmontonhellip