Ethics, Universality and Vulnerability in Abderrahmane Sissako's Bamako (2006) and Timbuktu (2014)

Kate Ince
  • Paragraph, July 2018, Edinburgh University Press
  • DOI: 10.3366/para.2018.0261

Using Judith Butler's philosophy to understand film

What is it about?

This article explains the core ideas in Judith Butler's ethical philosophy since 2004 ('Precarious Life') and applies them to two films directed by Abderrahmane Sissako (Mali/Mauritania), 'Bamako' (2006) and 'Timbuktu' (2014).

Why is it important?

My article is timely because of the increasing trend to use contemporary films for their ethical implications, and important because very little work has been done linking Butler's philosophy to film.


Kate Ince (Author)
University of Birmingham

Sissako is in my view Africa's greatest living filmmaker: 'Timbuktu' is quite simply one of the best films of the decade of the 2010s so far.

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