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'Timbuktu'
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'Timbuktu'

The talk of the town when it premiered at Cannes last spring, this African melodrama about jihadi extremists and what happens when a shepherd runs afoul of the fundamentalist powers that be was said to have reduced audiences to tears. Mauritanian filmmaker Abderrahmane Sisshako (Bamako) has long deserved a bigger audience in the West; this devastating tale may be the one that finally gets him his due.