Country:Mauretanien, Frankreich 2014
Length:97 Minutes

Director :Sissako, Abderrahmane
Screenplay:Sissako, Abderrahmane
Cinematography:El Fani, Sofiane
Editing:Ben Rachid, Nadia
Sound:Delor, Thierry
 Dymny, Roman
 Welsh, Philippe
Producer:Dune Vision
 Les films du Worso


Not far from Timbuktu, now ruled by the religious fundamentalists, Kidane lives peacefully in the dunes with his wife Satima, his daughter Toya, and Issan, 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 when Kidane accidentally kills Amadou, the fisherman who slaughtered "GPS", his beloved cow. He now has to face the new laws of the foreign occupants.


TIMBUKTU feierte seine Weltpremiere 2014 bei den Filmfestspielen in Cannes im Wettbewerb und wurde dort mit dem Preis der Ökumenischen Jury und dem Francois-Chalais-Preis geehrt. Auf dem Filmfestival Jerusalem 2014 gewann der Film den Spirit for Freedom Award als Bester Film.