Timbuktu

Directed by Abderrahmane Sissako
Starring Ibrahim Ahmed
Theatrical Release date January 28, 2015
Run time 97 min

2015 Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film!\r\n\r\nNot far from Timbuktu, now ruled by the religious fundamentalists, Kidane lives peacefully in the dunes with his wife Satima, his daughter Toya, and Issan, their twelve-year-old shepherd.\r\n\r\nIn town, the people suffer, powerless, from the regime of terror imposed by the Jihadists determined to control their faith. Music, laughter, cigarettes, even soccer have been banned. The women have become shadows but resist with dignity. Every day, the new improvised courts issue tragic and absurd sentences.\r\n\r\nKidane and his family are being spared the chaos that prevails in Timbuktu. But their destiny changes when Kidane accidentally kills Amadou, the fisherman who slaughtered “GPS,” his beloved cow. He now has to face the new laws of the foreign occupants.\r\n\r\nTimbuktu is Mauritania's first entry for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award.

Breathtakingly Beautiful
Stephen Holden
The New York Times
An Extraordinary Film
Richard Brody
The New Yorker
Powerful. Stunning. Sissako is a master.
Jay Weissberg
Variety
Not just a timely movie, a great one...Timbuktu feels at once timely and permanent, immediate and essential.
A.O. Scott
The New York Times
Name Role
Abderrahmane Sissako Director
Abderrahmane Sissako Writer
Kessen Tall Writer
Ibrahim Ahmed Cast Member
Subtitles English
Run time 97 min
Year Completed 2014