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Every day of the T&T Film Festival (TTFF), T&T
Guardian columnist and film writer, BC PIRES, will
be picking a Film of the Day.
Pires has been writing about film from an informed
lay perspective since early 1988 and currently writes
a film column, BC on TV, for the Sunday Guardian s
Pires served on the TTFF s first jury and wrote
the judges report. A different film will be picked
every day, and other worthwhile films mentioned.
Because of the limitations of programming schedules,
the film of the day may not necessarily be the "best"
one. Films with an asterisk have been or will be daily
Today's film is:
Timbuktu (Abderrahmane Sissako /2014/ Mau-
ritania-France/ Drama/ 97 mins/Arabic, French,
Bambara, Songhay and English, with English sub-
titles)/ 1.30pm MovieTowne, Port-of-Spain.
Only the dead or dying should be forgiven missing
four chances---twice the normal film festival num-
ber---to see what might be (alongside *Venice, *Stories
of Our Lives, *Gueros and *Margarita, With a Straw)
this year s best film.
From the first frame---tied, as heartbreakingly as
it is magnificently, to the last---this is fine, intelligent,
piercing, questioning cinema; indeed, this is Art.
And it aims Art s greatest weapon---its undeniable
truth---at the most worthy target of our time: the
idiocy, cruelty, jealousy, hypocrisy and outright hatred
that is the foundation of religious fundamentalism.
It also makes the crucial, and widely overlooked
point, that crusading militant jihadist Islam is primarily
a colonising enterprise, a rigid central force subjugating
new hinterlands and pushing its borders wider every
A century from now, if mankind and/or religion
persist, the Islamic world may look back on this
period as its own Dark Ages. For the moment, the
human beings being trampled under its machine
have only two choices: die; or fight and then die. A
splendid film about a sordid subject, with every scene
nearly perfect. A life-changing work of art. Miss it
only if you re stoning a jihadist to death.
Also consider: Man by the Shore, 8pm Hyatt
VENUE: MovieTowne PoS
TIME: 11 am. On the Way to School: Pascal Plisson,
2013 / France/ English, Spanish, Berber and Tamil, with
English subtitles/ Documentary feature / 75 minutes (GA)
TIME: 1.30pm The Youth: Dehanza Rogers, 2015 / USA/
English/ Fiction short / 15 minutes / (PG)
Timbuktu: Abderrahmane Sissako, 2014 / Mauritania,
France/Arabic, French, Bambara, Songhay and English, with
English subtitles / Fiction feature / 97 minutes / (14+)
TIME: 4 pm. Just a Drop: Shea Best, Steven Hadeed Jr,
Dominic Koo, 2015 / T&T/ No dialogue/ Fiction short / 6
minutes / (GA) Q&A
Down and Out: Shanice Martin, Michaela Spencer, David
Villafana, 2015 / T&T/ English/ Documentary short / 12
minutes / (GA) Q&A
Maracas Valley: a Watershed in Crisis: Renée Pollonais,
2015 / T&T/ English/ Documentary short / 23 minutes
City on the Hill: Patricia Mohammed, Michael
Mooleedhar, 2015 / T&T/ English/Medium-length
documentary / 47 minutes / (GA) Q&A
TIME: 9 pm Sixteen: Vashti Harrison, 2015 / T&T, USA/
English/ Documentary short / 7 minutes / (GA)
The Second Mother: Anna Muylaert, 2015 / Brazil/
Portuguese, with English subtitles/ Fiction feature / 111
minutes / (14+)
VENUE: Hyatt Regency Trinidad
TIME: 8 pm. The Man by the Shore: Raoul Peck, 1983/
Haiti, Canada, France/French, Haitian Creole with English
subtitles/ Fiction feature / 106 minutes/ (PG)
Tickets for films at MovieTowne are available at the box
office at the time of screening as well as in advance.
Tickets cost $30. Schoolchildren in uniform and tertiary-
level students with student ID pay $15. You may also
purchase tickets for MovieTowne screenings on your
phone via the Ticktr app. Screenings at all other venues,
except for the Bazodee premiere at Globe Cinema, are free.
For tickets for that screening, please call 621.0709.
Timbuktu takes a stark look
at religious fundamentalism
A scene from Timbuktu
TODAY'S SCHEDULE IN TTFF/15
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