TIMBUKTU | British Board of Film Classification
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Type of media Video

Approved Running time 92m 10s

Release date 29/05/2015

Ratings Info moderate violence, injury detail

Genre(s) Drama

Director(s) Abderrahmane Sissako

Cast includes Ibrahim Ahmed dit Pino, Abel Jafri, Toulou Kiki, Layla Walet Mohamed, Mehdi A.G. Mohamed, Hichem Yacoubi, Kettly Noël

Cut This work was passed uncut.

  • Video release suitable for 12 years and over icon12

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 19/05/2015

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

TIMBUKTU is a drama set in East Africa about villagers whose lives are threatened by Jihadists.


In one scene, a woman receives twenty lashes as a punishment and is beaten on the back. However, she is thrashed over her clothes and there is no injury detail. In another scene, a man and woman are buried up to their necks in sand before they are stoned. There is brief sight of the man's bloodstreaked face. There are also scenes in which people are shot and killed; however, injury detail is limited.

There is infrequent mild bad language ('assholes', 'bastard').

At one point, a man throws a spear at a cow, which subsequently collapses. However, assurances were received from the film makers that the animal was not harmed. The spear was added after filming, using digital effects, and the appearance of the animal collapsing was created by sedating the cow under veterinary supervision.


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The version of this work detailed above is rated by the BBFC under the Video Recordings Act 1984 for use on any Packaged Media format (including DVD, Blu-ray and VHS). This classification may also be used when the same work is made available on Digital Video Platforms (including Video On Demand) provided that the platform is licenced to use BBFC ratings.

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