Editing allows filmmaker to manipulate time,space,and picture qualities in ways that shape the viewer’s experience of the film. It can also build the film’s overall form. By tying shot to shot and segment to segment, editing can shape our responses to individual scenes and the entire movie.(Bordwell,Thompson)
Timbuktu: a window on another world.
Not far from Timbuktu, now ruled by the religious fundamentalists, Kidane lives peacefully in the dunes with his wife Satima, his daughter Toya and Issan, their twelve-year-old shepherd. In town, people suffer, powerless, from the regime of terror imposed by the Jihadists, determined to control their faith. Music, laughter, cigarettes, even soccer have been banned. The women have become shadows but resist with dignity. Every day, the new improvised courts issue tragic and absurd sentences. Kidane and his family are being spared from the chaos that prevails in Timbuktu. But their destiny changes when Kidane accidentaly kills Amadou, the fisherman who slaughtered “GPS”, his beloved cow. He now has to face the new laws of the foreign occupants.
In the first opening montage scene we see a group of extremist hunting down a frightening gazelle and shouting: Don’t kill, tire it! and a cut to another shot where a group is shooting a wood figure blowing up the head. All of this scene are magnificent cinematograph picture. This montage set the tone of what we are going to watch.
The editor create space that might not be on the real footage: the Kuleshov Effect.
Make the relationship of the individual and the landscape greater;
The movie’s editing and photography is done in such a way that it induces a false sense of peace and security.
This film was a pleasure to the eyes to watch, but also make me see how brutal e different the world we live. Why those people would accept that Sharia’s law? Why would they believe that a God have sentenced them so they must accept to be murdered? Or receive punishment just for enjoying a sing with a friend or not wear a glove when on public? These are some of the question in my head that I don’t find a reasonable answer…