Timbuktu is silent, the doors closed, the streets empty. No more music, no tea, no cigarettes, no bright colors, no laughs. The women have become shadows. The religious fundamentalists are spreading terror in the region. In the dunes, away from the chaos, Kidane enjoys a quiet life with his wife Satima, his daughter Toya and Issan, his little shepherd. But his peace is short-lived. After accidentally killing Amadou, a fisherman who stroke down his favorite cow, Kidane must face the law of the new foreign rulers determined to defeat an open and tolerant Islam. Against the humiliations and acts of brutality performed by these complex men, Timbuktu tells the story of the silent struggle of the people, the fight for life of little Issan, and the uncertain future of the children.
«After the premiere in Cannes, I was so moved and so deeply affected that after I left the theater, I walked to the sea and sat alone for several hours unable to speak to or see anyone.»― Annemarie Jacir
«A wise and generous film, which confronts intolerance from its opposites, humor and wonder.»― Ciro Guerra
«I watched Sissako’s masterpiece in Cannes, in 2014. Four years later, I still remember every bits of it! Each scene is breathtaking. New York Times’s A. O. Scott said in his review “Abderrahmane Sissako has created a film that’s a privilege to watch.“»― Deepak Rauniyar