Selected Feedback

The following selected feedback is alphabetical by the contributor’s last name.  I sincerely thank each of them for adding their words to this website.

“333 Saints captures the very essence of Timbuktu and its people’s contributions to world history.  Its citizens are proud of their city’s religious tolerance and of their longstanding dedication to learning.  Timbuktu, its precious manuscript libraries, and its ancient religious monuments are now being seriously threatened by Islamic fundamentalists,  who are outsiders to the city and who show little tolerance or respect for Timbuktu’s cultural and religious heritage.”

Dr. Mary Jo Arnoldi, Smithsonian Institution

“Alexandra Huddleston’s short documentary explains cogently why the current events in Northern Mali, and particularly Timbuktu, are not only tragic for those caught up in them, but also urgent and will have effects that are potentially irreversible.”

Dr. Richard Fardon, Professor of West African Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

“The carefully executed short film 333 Saints by Alexandra Huddleston highlights the need for a greater awareness of recent events in Northern Mali and Timbuktu, showing another example of potential loss of both the regions heritage and cultural legacy.”

John Hollingworth MBE, Galleries/Exhibitions Manager, Brunei Gallery, SOAS

“A stunning photographic testimony to the importance of Timbuktu as a center of Islam and the tragedy that is befalling its endangered UNESCO World Heritage sites.”

Dr. Mara Leichtman, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Muslim Studies Program, Michigan State University

“An important and urgent message, alluringly illustrated with Huddleston’s excellent photographs.”

Dr. Trevor Marchand, Chair of Social Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

“Alexandra Huddleston’s beautiful and telling video illustrates a timely and urgent call for attention to the destructive acts which menace the fabled city of Timbuktu. Ansar Dine’s extremist practices and campaign of destruction diametrically oppose the town’s ancient tradition of Islamic scholarship and learning.

The people of Timbuktu who strive to continue their tradition of Islam, tolerance and respect need our solidarity and support to protect the city’s cultural legacy against the attacks of these Islamist militants.”

Geert Mommersteeg, author of In the City of the Marabouts. Islamic Culture in West Africa


2 thoughts on “Selected Feedback

  1. It would be instructive to discuss where Ansar Dine gets its funding. This might be the “big picture” issue that Americans need to understand. (From what I have been able to find out very quickly with a websearch, much of Ansar Dine’s funding comes through Qatar). In other words, our dependence on oil is funding cultural destruction of the very Islamic strand that we hope (?) will have the strength to stabilize the Middle East and Africa.

  2. This was a stunning visual presentation to accompany a frightening narrative.It makes one who is not familiar with the culture appreciate the very real danger to a rich tradition.

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