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  • Summary: Beyond the mystical city of Timbuktu, Mamatal, the son of a Tuareg chief, sets out on a journey across the Sahara to save the culture of his people. The nomadic Tuareg, known as the "blue people of the Sahara" because of the traditional indigo robes and veils worn by men, were once noble warriors and herdsman but after years of drought and lack of government support, the ancient Berber tribe, now divided among five countries in North Africa, is struggling to survive. When the government of Mali collapses, Mamatal finds himself and his people caught up in an international crisis, a battle between the Tuareg fighting for independence and Al Qaeda bent on taking over the Sahara to plot future terrorist attacks against the United States and Europe. Collapse
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  1. Reviewed by: Anita Gates
    Oct 31, 2013
    70
    The first half of Behind the Blue Veil makes a case for the noble cause of preserving a way of life; the second half admits its near-futility.
  2. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Nov 1, 2013
    60
    The film is more impressionistic than informative, lacking the necessary dramatic structure to make it truly compelling.
  3. Reviewed by: Zachary Wigon
    Oct 29, 2013
    50
    What we're presented with is a scattering of scenes amid an overpowering backdrop of geopolitical and anthropological explanation, and nothing resembling drama.