Not far from Timbuktu, Kidane, a Tuareg cattle herder, lives peacefully in the dunes with his family. In town, the people suffer from the regime of terror imposed by the jihadists determined to control their lives. Music, laughter, cigarettes, even football have been banned. Every day, improvised courts issue tragic and absurd sentences. When Kidane accidentally kills a fisherman who slaughters one of his cows, he has to face the new laws of the religious fundamentalists.

Timbuktu (2014)


Mauritania, France


Arabic, French, Bambara, Songhay and English, with English subtitles




Abderrahmane Sissako

Abderrahmane Sissako

Abderrahmane Sissako

Abderrahmane Sissako was born in Mauritania and moved to Mali as a child. He made his first feature, Documenta X—Die Filme in 1997. His subsequent features include Life on Earth (1998), Waiting for Happiness (2002), and Bamako (2006). Timbuktu is his most recent film.

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