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1,296 Ratings


Directed by Abderrahmane Sissako
Mauritania, France, 2014
Drama, War


Not far from Timbuktu, now ruled by religious fundamentalists, Kidane lives peacefully with his wife and children. In town, people suffer from the regime of terror imposed by the Jihadists. But the family’s life changes abruptly after an accident—now Kidane’s fate is in the hands of the Jihadists.

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Timbuktu Directed by Abderrahmane Sissako

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2014 | 2 wins including: Prize of the Ecumenical Jury

Academy Awards

2015 | Nominee: Best Foreign Language Film of the Year

This is not the black-and-white, good-and-evil screed you might expect: Sissako’s generosity of vision extends to both oppressors and oppressed, even as he shows the horrific consequences of the militants’ actions. Given recent world events, this is one of the most urgent films at this festival. It’s also, as it so happens, one of the most visually striking.
September 25, 2014
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Timbuktu is film as nightmare, made out of a furious need to show the world with what wanton ease joy and beauty have been destroyed.
July 07, 2014
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It’s a mightily defiant film, all the more powerful because Sissako isn’t issuing a tract: he uses grace, lyricism, visual imagination and sweetly dark irony to get his message across. It’s a very authoritative statement.
May 17, 2014
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