"Timbuktu" is a picturesque nightmare, a quiet, beautiful and chilling account of a city under the rule of Islamic jihadists. They briefly seized the ancient city in Mali a couple of years back, but the conflict and events depicted in this fictional tale could be set anywhere across Islamic Africa. Racial strife between Arabs and Africans and arguments over whose interpretation of the Koran are moot when one side ofthe argument has guns.
The foreigners come armed with AK-47s, piled into Toyota pickups and on the back of motorbikes.
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