[no significant representation of women in authority]
THE MALE GAZE SCORE:0
Is there a female character who is primarily defined by her emotional and/or sexual relationship with a man or men? [why this matters]
Does a man police or attempt to police a woman’s sexual agency? [why this matters]
Is he rebuked for it, either directly (by a character onscreen) or indirectly (by how it is depicted)? [why this matters]
Is there anything either positive or negative in the film’s representation of women not already accounted for here? (points will vary)
They aren’t significant characters, but several women bravely defy the ridiculous demands of the jihadis imposing Sharia law, telling them off right to their faces.
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? Yes, one of two credited (Kessen Tall) (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: Life under Sharia law is not a place where women tend to thrive, but even in the most constraining of circumstances, rebellion exists. Alas that this movie has rebellious women only on its periphery.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of Timbuktu! It is simply an examination of how well or how poorly it represents women. (A movie that represents women well can still be a terrible film; a movie that represents women poorly can still be a great film.) My review of Timbuktu is coming soon.