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Kidane lives a peaceful life in isolated sand dunes not far from Timbuktu with his wife Satima, daughter Toya and their twelve-year-old shepherd. Timbuktu has been taken over by religious fundamentalists and the townspeople are suffering under the regime imposed by jihadists determined to control their faith. Kidane and his family are spared the pain and chaos that prevails in the town, until an incident brings Kidane under the occupiers’ scrutiny.

“★★★★★ A terse but poetic humanist masterpiece that’s riveting from its first frames.”
– Little White Lies

“★★★★ Exceptional, human filmmaking.”
– Empire