Oscars 2015: Using the Big Screen to Battle Extremism

February 23, 2015 3:32 PM

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Oscars 2015: Using the Big Screen to Battle Extremism

As the White House races to figure out ways to battle extremism around the globe, an African filmmaker has taken the fight in another, unusual direction: to the big screen with an Oscar-nominated movie about the tragedy of life under extremist rule.

“Timbuktu,” made by Malian-Mauritanian director Abderrahmane Sissako, uses the occupation of northern Mali by an al Qaeda affiliate in 2012 as a backdrop for Sissako’s exploration of the inhumanity of living under the terrorists’ rule. Sissako told Variety last year that he was spurred to make the m...

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