Director: Zola Maseko
Countries: South Africa, Mali and Morocco
Running Time: 52 min.
Language: French and Arabic
Featuring knowledgeable commentary by African scholars, rich reenactments and an original musical score by Vieux Farka Toure, the essential documentary The Manuscripts of Timbuktu critiques the limited view about Timbuktu by firmly demonstrating that Timbuktu was a leading cultural, economic, scientific and religious center that made a significant and lasting impact on Africa and the entire world. It also establishes the importance of preserving the thousands of manuscripts from long ago as an exciting and empowering legacy for African scholarship today.