This year the Peace Palace will screen again, in cooperation with Movies that Matter, a film about Peace and Justice during the Just Peace Festival. This year’s audience favorite Timbuktu will be shown in the beautiful garden of the Palace. After the screening the Malian musician Zoumana Diarra will give a concert.

Kidane and his family live peacefully in the dunes outside of Timbuktu. The city is in the hands of religious fundamentalists. Playing music, laughing, smoking and even football are forbidden. Every day, the improvised tribunal renders absurd and tragic judgments. The fate of Kidane and his family changes when Kidane accidentally kills fisherman Amadou. Kidane is now in the hands of the jihadists with their new laws.

French-Mauritanean director Abderrahmane Sissako (Bamako) based Timbuktu on a true story from 2012, when Al Qaida fighters stoned the parents of two children to death because they were not married. However, his film is not a furious pamphlet; Timbuktu is a beautifully shot, poetic and touching plea for understanding, with beautiful music by Fatoumata Diawara from Mali.

The film (France, Mauritania 2014, 100 min.) was nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 2015.

Spoken language: French, Arabic, Bambara, English. Subtitles: English. Start 19.45h. Doors open 19.15h. Tickets €10,- Students € 9. Access only with valid ID.

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