Timbuktu Film Review


Lana Jean Mitchell

Timbuktu (pronounced tawn book TOO), Mali, Africa has a reputation for being the site of the world’s first university; for being a place of scholars and scholarship; and for being a place of mysteries. In 2015 it also became a venue for the production of a modern day film, Timbuktu, directed by Abderrahmane Sissako. Produced by Orange Studio and Cohen Media Group, the 96 minutes movie has been called “a masterwork, an extraordinary work” by authoritative movie critic for The New Yorker, Richard Brody.

The appearance of the running gazelle, at the beginning of the film sets the theme of the romantic love between the main characters, Shepherd Kidane and Satima his wife; and the pain and love of the people of the city of Timbuktu, who are occupied by Muslim Jihadists. Toya the young daughter of Kidane and Satima, suffers the lost of her family. The result of the killing of one of Kidane’s cows by a fisherman. (Sorry! I didn’t understand the tongue that his name was spoken in and couldn’t find his name in the credits.)

Sissako runs the English language in subtitles, as the characters speak in several languages including, French, English and those of the inhabitants of Timbuktu and the countryside where Kidane, Satima and Toya live.

The film was a nominee for several awards. The Academy Awards, British Academy Film Awards, and a San Francisco Film Critics Circle Awards.


Thank You!!

This post celebrates an anniversary of sorts. I just renewed for another year.

The thank you is to you, the three individuals who viewed my site from October 5th to November 1st, 2020. I trust you are still visiting. One of you was a visitor to my About page during that period. Your favorite day to visit, says my statistics is Thursdays, and you get up for your visit at your favorite time of 5:00 a.m. Central Standard Time. Is it the pandemic I wonder or is it just that the early bird gets it fresh?, being an internet website, is international and has been viewed in several countries. So, this thank you is also for the 189 viewers in the following countries, who visited between the years 2017 – 2020.

China 94 views, United States 74 views, France 10 views, Philippines 8 views, Luxembourg 1 view, Seychelles 1 view, and Denmark 1 view.

You also viewed my About page 14 times.

One request, I’d like comments and definitely more likes. Tell me in the comments why you don’t want to Like.

Dropping the mike!


Eyes Can Talk

My new children’s book, Eyes Can Talk, is at the publisher’s. Yes! The publisher’s, I am more than happy to be awaiting my copies at the end of July or beginning of August. (I don’t have a firm date. Still doing the paperwork.) But I just wanted to get the news to you so that you would be ready to get your copy fresh off the press. I’ll have more details when I get a date.

My first book for children A Birthday Story is still available online and at independent booksellers.



Running is several activities. The physical activity is usually the thing that comes to mind when you hear the word. But the running I am talking about is the running that happens when you need to do a lot of things in a short period of time. Like write this post, because I haven’t written one in a couple of months. Maybe I lost someone who came and saw the January, post date and thought I was no longer interested, or not interested enough. (Did’t know I was busy running.) I’m interested. And though that possible someone doesn’t show up on my statistics for visits, I hope he/she returns to my website devoted to diverse, indie writing, to read, what all the running produced.


Webinar: Countdown to Launch-Planning Your Fun and Success

Countdown to Launch-Planning Your Fun and Success, was a webinar hosted by the Author Learning Center and presented by author Sheri Fink. The webinar was held, yesterday, November 13, 2019. My first children’s book, “A Birthday Story” was released without a launch. With this in mind I decided to attend the webinar and possibly learn what I should have thought about, in the months prior to March, 2016. My book’s release date.

Tips. I learned that it would have been of benefit, for me to have built anticipation with social media strategies, to have used word of mouth marketing, to have created publicity, and to have gotten reviews for my indie published, diversity book. If I was really on top of it I could have planned a release party.

Author Sheri Fink is on the internet. Just saying ( Whoopi Goldberg might say) you can contact her for more information.

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Member

I recently joined the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. I figure that as a writer of diversity children’s books, that’s a group in which I should be a member. Notice I used the plural, books, ” writer of diversity children’s books.” I am in the process of publishing my second book. It should be on the market soon. The first book A Birthday Story is still available for purchase.

The Society has a website at They will give you all of the information you need about who they are and membership.

A Birthday Story by Lana Jean Mitchell. A book for all occasions

Beaverdale Books -Store Visit

Beaverdale Books is a local independent bookstore in Des Moines, Iowa. It is one of the distributors for my children’s book, A Birthday Story. I stopped at Beaverdale’s yesterday for a visit, and to look for a couple of books I was considering for my personal library. The bookseller has diverse books, by local, national and international authors, and those that are not in the stores inventory can be ordered. Beaverdale also has writer’s groups, and host author presentations. My hour visit provided calm to my day, and I left refreshed and with a feeling of accomplishment.