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Timbuktu Showing at the Watershed, 29 May – 4 June

Timbuktu

From 29th May – 4th June Conversations About Cinema invites cinemagoers to see Timbuktu, one of the most successful African films in history, which will screen at Watershed. The film saw one of the highest – grossing US openings for a world-cinema title in recent years* and was awarded a total of seven César awards (France’s equivalent of The Oscars) including best film and best director.

Conversations About Cinema (@ConvoCinema) is a new initiative designed to celebrate and magnify the conversations inspired by independent cinema. Bristol’s Watershed has joined forces with Chapter in Cardiff and QFT in Belfast to screen a selection of emotive films addressing the impact of conflict in a variety of regions and communities.

Hailed as one of the most important, soulful cinematic experiences of the year, Timbuktu tells the story of the early days of the Islamic Jihadist takeover of Northern Timbuktu in 2012. The once bustling city is now near silent – under the new regime, music, soccer, laughter and smoking are banned outright, women have to wear socks and gloves in the sweltering heat.

Mark Cosgrove, Cinema Curator at Watershed ‘Timbuktu demonstrates the ability of film to address contemporary and urgent issues and to transport audiences into the heart of dilemma’s facing communities in different part’s of the world – in this instance a small sub-saharan community with a rich cultural tradition faced with extremism.’

Dr Madhu Krishnan, expert in contemporary African writing at the University of Bristol will introduce the first screening on Friday 29th May and host a conversation after the film screening from 8.00pm. Those attending this and the rest of the screenings are invited to take to social media channels to share their thoughts through #convocinema.

Afterwards there will be music from Sura Susso who simply oozes music and shares the most exquisite and exciting sounds with his audience, fusing the traditional music of West Africa with influences ranging from classical to contemporary. This film is being presented in partnership with Africa Eye.

Dates & Times: Timbuktu runs at Watershed, Bristol from Fri 29 May – Thu 4 June. For screening times go here.
Ticket prices: Screenings before 16:00: £5.50 full / £4.00 concessions. Screenings after 16:00: £8.00 full / £6.50 concessions.

Conversations About Cinema is a new UK wide project led by Watershed (Bristol) in partnership with Chapter (Cardiff) and QFT (Belfast) that opens up debates and discussion through film. It is a response to a growing interest from audiences in talking about issues raised through film, and how they resonate with what is happening in the wider world today. The initiative has started by addressing one specific theme: how film and filmmakers address the impact of conflict.

Conversations About Cinema: Impact of Conflict is a BFI FAN initiative led by Watershed with QFT and Chapter.
Supported by the BFI’s Programme Development Funds from the National Lottery.

Website: www.conversationsaboutcinema.co.uk

Twitter: @convocinema #convocinema

Editor’s Contacts: Kellie Hasbury, T: 0117 953 0320, E: kellie@weareplaster.com * source http://variety.com/2014/film/global/sissakos-foreign-language-oscar-hopeful-timbuktu-enthralls-french-auds-1201377134/

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