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The Mauritanian (2021)

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Mohamedou Ould Salahi fights for freedom after being detained and imprisoned without charge by the U.S. Government for years.


Kevin Macdonald


Michael Bronner (screenplay by) (as M.B. Traven), Rory Haines (screenplay by) | 4 more credits »
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Tahar Rahim ... Mohamedou Ould Slahi
Nouhe Hamady Bari Nouhe Hamady Bari ... Mohamedou's Niece
Saadna Hamoud Saadna Hamoud ... Groom at Wedding
Mohamed Yeslem Mousse Mohamed Yeslem Mousse ... Wedding Guest
Mohamed Abderrahmane Arava Mohamed Abderrahmane Arava ... Wedding Guest
Aly Deyde Aly Deyde ... Wedding Guest
El Hocine Aba El Hocine Aba ... Wedding Guest (as El Hacen Aba)
Baya Belal Baya Belal ... Mohamedou's Mother
Baba Mine Baba Mine ... Deddahi
Lemrabott Zeine Sidamar Lemrabott Zeine Sidamar ... Policeman
Yenje Abdellahi Yenje Abdellahi ... Policeman
Jodie Foster ... Nancy Hollander
Shailene Woodley ... Teri Duncan
Clayton Boyd ... Lawyer
Denis Ménochet ... Emmanuel


Based on the NY Times best-selling memoir "Guantánamo Diary" by Mohamedou Ould Slahi, this is the true story of Slahi's fight for freedom after being detained and imprisoned without charge by the U.S. Government for years. Alone and afraid, Slahi finds allies in defense attorney Nancy Hollander and her associate Teri Duncan who battle the U.S. government in a fight for justice that tests their commitment to the law and their client at every turn. Their controversial advocacy, along with evidence uncovered by a formidable military prosecutor, Lt. Colonel Stuart Couch, uncovers shocking truths and ultimately proves that the human spirit cannot be locked up. Written by STXfilms

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Rated R for violence including a sexual assault, and language | See all certifications »

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Nancy Hollander (Jodie Foster) recruits Teri Duncan (Shailene Woodley) to translate French. Foster is in fact quite fluent in French. She delivered her commencement address in French and has even appeared in a French language film (A Very Long Engagement (2004)). See more »


Nancy Hollander: Well, when I defended someone charged with rape, nobody called me a rapist. When I defended someone charged with murder, nobody dug around my backyard. But when someone is accused of terrorism, people like you seem to think that that's different. It's not. When I stand by my client and I insist that he get a fair hearing, I'm not just defending him, I'm defending you and me. The constitution doesn't have an asterisk at the end that says : "Terms and conditions apply."
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Guilty Until Proven Innocent...
2 March 2021 | by XstalSee all my reviews

... but even then you're still guilty, because somebody has to pay, so it might as well be you! If it wasn't for people like Nancy Hollander we wouldn't have the outstanding Tahar Rahim to thank for portraying, through an award worthy performance, the unbelievable injustices endured by Mohamedou Ould Slahi. Unlocking some of the not so secret secrets behind the incarceration of the innocent, the torture and torment of the unfortunate, the proximity in time and space to a place you probably call home reinforcing the impact of lessons seldom learnt and the overwhelming ignorance of those entrusted to protect us when given carte blanche to do so.

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French | Arabic | English

Release Date:

12 February 2021 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Guantanamo Diary See more »

Filming Locations:

Mauritania See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$163,789, 14 February 2021

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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