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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 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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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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Trivia

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 EE British Academy Film Awards (2016) See more »

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The Spiritual Dance
Composed, Arranged and Orchestrated By Amin Bouhafa
with The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
© 2014 Universal Music France
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An Excellent Movie I Will Remember
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I saw many excellent films at The Toronto Film Festival. This one really stayed with me. I am not a person who can tolerate visually violent movies and this move respected me as an audience member. I cannot remember a movie with more captivating images which resonated, characters I continue to think about and visuals which prompted me to reconsider my relationship with history and other nations as well as with myself. That sounds kind of major. Suffice to say that I recommend this movie to anyone who would like an excellent story simply told which is both moving and a window on another world. The story is about creeping fascism and the way in which human beings resist heroically inroads against them which demean them. Despite the heavy subject matter, I found this film incredibly uplifting. This is a rare opportunity to see a film which depicts the complicated and sometimes frightening world we live in but with a sense of hope.

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