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Timbuktu (2014)

PG-13 | | Drama | 10 December 2014 (France)
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Timbuktu is a movie starring Ibrahim Ahmed, Abel Jafri, and Toulou Kiki. 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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Kidane (as Ibrahim Ahmed dit Pino)
... Abdelkerim
... Satima
Layla Walet Mohamed ... Toya
... Issan
Hichem Yacoubi ... Djihadiste
... Zabou
... La chanteuse
Adel Mahmoud Cherif ... L'Imam
Salem Dendou ... Le chef djihadiste
Mamby Kamissoko ... Djihadiste
Yoro Diakité ... Djihadiste
Cheik A.G. Emakni ... Omar
Zikra Oualet Moussa ... Tina
Weli Cleib ... Juge
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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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Rated PG-13 for some violence and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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10 December 2014 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Timbuktú  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$78,544, 6 February 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,076,075

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,179,391
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2.35 : 1
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Official submission of Mauritania to the best foreign language film category of the 87th Academy Awards 2015. 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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Featured in The Oscars (2015) See more »

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Timbuktu Fasso
Featuring Fatoumata Diawara
© 2014 Universal Music France
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Definitely Worth It
19 February 2015 | by See 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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