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Timbuktu (2014)

PG-13 | | Drama, War | 10 December 2014 (France)
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A cattle herder and his family who reside in the dunes of Timbuktu find their quiet lives -- which are typically free of the Jihadists determined to control their faith -- abruptly disturbed.

Writers:

Abderrahmane Sissako (screenplay), Kessen Tall (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ibrahim Ahmed ... Kidane (as Ibrahim Ahmed dit Pino)
Abel Jafri ... Abdelkerim
Toulou Kiki ... Satima
Layla Walet Mohamed Layla Walet Mohamed ... Toya
Mehdi A.G. Mohamed ... Issan
Hichem Yacoubi Hichem Yacoubi ... Djihadiste
Kettly Noël ... Zabou
Fatoumata Diawara ... La chanteuse Fatou
Adel Mahmoud Cherif Adel Mahmoud Cherif ... L'Imam
Salem Dendou Salem Dendou ... Le chef djihadiste
Mamby Kamissoko Mamby Kamissoko ... Djihadiste
Yoro Diakité Yoro Diakité ... Djihadiste
Cheik A.G. Emakni Cheik A.G. Emakni ... Omar
Zikra Oualet Moussa Zikra Oualet Moussa ... Tina
Weli Kleïb Weli Kleïb ... Juge (as Weli Cleib)
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Storyline

Not far from the ancient Malian city of Timbuktu, proud cattle herder Kidane (Ibrahim Ahmed aka Pino) lives peacefully in the dunes with his wife Satima (Toulou Kiki), his daughter Toya (Layla Walet Mohamed), and Issan (Mehdi Ag Mohamed), their twelve-year-old shepherd. In 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. Kidane and his family are being spared the chaos that prevails in Timbuktu. But their destiny changes abruptly. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The scene in which the cow was killed with a spear was done by sedating the cow under the supervision of a veterinarian and adding the spear digitally in post production - the animal was not harmed. See more »

Goofs

When Amadou throws the spear at GPS, he clearly does not put enough force into the throw to puncture skin, especially not a cow's thick hide. See more »

Quotes

Omar: Satima?
Satima: I'm listening.
Omar: I'm Abdelkarim's driver. I have a message from him: "He can't do anything to help. It's over".
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Connections

Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Zabou
Composed, Arranged and Orchestrated By Amin Bouhafa
with The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
© 2014 Universal Music France
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Definitely Worth It
19 February 2015 | by JackCerfSee all my reviews

At the end of Woody Allen's Bananas, the leader of the successful Latin American revolution starts making crazed pronouncements: "The official language of the country will be Swedish! Everyone must change their underwear every day, and wear it on the outside so we can check!" That's kind of what happens when the jihadists come to town in Timbuktu, only its tragic, not funny. A bunch of mostly foreigners with AK-47s show up in a Muslim community, tell all the locals they're not Muslim enough, and oh, by the way, use the Qaran to justify taking anything they feel like taking, including marriageable young women. You come away with a sense of what it feels like for ordinary people to live through this, and it's not pretty at all.


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Country:

Mauritania | France | Qatar

Release Date:

10 December 2014 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Timbuktu See more »

Filming Locations:

Mauritania See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,110, 1 February 2015

Gross USA:

$1,076,075

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,179,391
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Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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