Sunday, July 28, 2013
Filmed at the three-day Festival au Desert held near Timbuktu, Mali, Woodstock in Timbuktu comments on the power of music to unify and resist. The nomadic Kel Tamasheq (Touareg) people come together to preserve their culture, protest inequalities, and stand up to the militant groups and corporations encroaching on their land. Von Trotha highlights three bands, Amanar, Tartit and Bombino who, along with their music, discuss the difficulty and importance of the annual gathering, especially as the specter of war encroaches. Three days of peace and music, and no mud in sight.