• 2014
  • France / Mauritania
  • 1h 37min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Abderrahmane Sissako
  • Cast: Ibrahim Ahmed, Toulou Kiki, Adel Mahmoud Cherif, Salem Dendou
  • Language: French/Arabic/Bambara/English/Songhay
  • UK release: 29 May 2015

When northern Mali is occupied by Islamists who ignore local tradition and rule with the gun, farmer Kidane (Ahmed) and his wife Satima (Kiki) pay a terrible price for not fleeing. Heartbreaking and topical African drama with a calm, measured approach, suffused with compassion for those at the mercy of the intolerant.

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25 May 20154 stars

Heartbreaking and topical African drama from director Abderrahmane Sissako

There could hardly be a more relevant film than the Oscar-nominated Timbuktu. Inspired by events in northern Mali in 2012, it follows the imposition of a brutal jihad in which traditions are ignored, communities are torn apart and individuals pay a…

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