The lost libraries of Timbuktu [electronic resource] / narrated and presented by Aminatta Forna ; produced and directed by Richard Trayler-Smith.
- Other Title:
- Academic Video Online.
- London, England : BBC Worldwide, 2009.
1 online resource (53 minutes)
- History, Ancient.
Manuscripts -- Mali.
Libraries -- Mali -- Tombouctou.
Archaeology and history -- Africa.
Africa, West -- Antiquities.
Africa, West -- Colonization.
Africa -- Civilization.
Tombouctou (Mali) -- History.
Tombouctou (Mali) -- Intellectual life.
- Documentary television programs.
Nonfiction television programs.
- In English.
- System Details:
- video file
- Timbuktu: once a desert trading post, it grew into a golden city which gained World Heritage status in 1988. During the last 30 years some 20 libraries have been set up to house collections of books and manuscripts written by the city's ancestors. In fact, it is estimated that over 700,000 of Timbuktu's manuscripts survive from its university libraries, some dating back to the 13th Century. Now, in a spellbinding journey, author Aminatta Forna travels to the beautiful landscapes of Timbuktu in a quest to discover Africa's oldest literature and find out why its preservation matters. Along the way, she meets the local people responsible for bringing it to world attention and questions just how different Africa might be if Timbuktu's literacy had flourished across the land.
- Presenter and narrator, Aminatta Forna.
- Title from resource description page (viewed January 15, 2019).
- Trayler-Smith, Richard, director, producer.
Forna, Aminatta, on-screen presenter, narrator.
British Broadcasting Corporation, production company.
BBC Worldwide Ltd., film distributor.
Alexander Street Press.
- Access Restriction:
- Restricted for use by site license.
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