Analysis Of The Movie ' Timbuktu '

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Timbuktu, a movie that dares to humanize Jihadists begins its opening scene with a group of Jihadists in a pick-up truck driving after a gazelle across the desert. The Jihadists intermittent gunshots at the gazelle shows their goal was not to kill the animal, but to exhaust and scare it. The Jihadists want to exude power and instill fear to the people of Timbuktu, just like they were doing to the gazelle. Shortly after, the next scene shows the same men shooting and destroying traditional relics like masks and statues. Their goals of causing damage were blatant, with a constant stream of gunshots aimed at the artifacts. In the Jihadists’ eyes, physical statuettes avert people’s affection from the actual God and to the statues. Shooting the artifacts eliminates the physical distraction in hope of having the people’s attention focused on their God. This is a complete eradication of the preexisting culture, and installing the Jihadist’s notions and ideologies. Both scenes depict haphazard, senseless brutality and exemplify the Jihadists clear intentions of removing African culture, and installing an Islamic extremism one. Chasing away the gazelle is figurative for chasing away the traditional African customs and culture. This scene is very significant because it immediately identifies the groups; the Jihadists are the oppressors, and the common African people are the subjugated. Abderrahmane Sissako in his film Timbuktu shows the African cultures being expunged by the Jihadists
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