Mauritania born director Abderrahmane Sissaco's film takes place in 2012 during the occupation of the West African city of Timbuktu. The city has been taken over by militant Islamists and all is forbidden. On the outskirts of the city, Kidane and Satima live a peaceful life happily away from the occupants' progress. But an incident with tragic consequences changes their destiny, and they can no longer protect themselves from the new regime relentless laws. Timbuktu was nominated in 2014 for an Oscar in the Best Non-English Language Movie category. It was also nominated for the Goldpalm in Cannes. In Svenska Dagbladet, Hynek Pallas writes: "There is art, that with almost ridiculous precision, cuts right into its contemporary. Abderrahmane Sissakos Timbuktu is a such case.