Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas


  • International Peace & Conflict Film Festival: Woodstock in Timbuktu
  • Film
  • 9/11/2013
  • 17:00-19:30
  • Spencer Museum of Art
  • Host: Center for East Asian Studies, Kansas African Studies Center, Center for Global & International Studies, Center of Latin American & Caribbean St
Event Description
Woodstock in Timbuktu (2013) is a documentary about a music festival in the Sahara, as well as the nomadic culture and way of life. In January 2011 the international Festival au Désert took place over three days in the dunes of Timbuktu, Mali, in West Africa. Hosted by the Tuareg or Kel Tamasheq, as they call themselves, the festival is the ideal setting for an encounter with this legendary people. Through intimate insight into nomadic life and ancient traditions, the Kel Tamasheq tell us of their plight, their fears and their fight for survival. The Tuareg struggle to preserve their culture in the face of challenges from fundamentalist Muslims in the region. The film follows three bands from different regions, each telling their unique story. The film will be introduced and a discussion will follow the screening led by KU faculty.