Mali: “Timuktu” (2014) confronts fundamentalist extremism

In the fictional drama “Timbuktu” (2014) a female singer is punished for her music, 40 lashes for singing and 40 lashes for being in the same room of her male accompanist.  The film’s director and co-writer Abderrahmane Sissako says, “It is absurd to try to forbid music,” he says, “because if you try to suppress […]