Movie Fact #805 – July 7th, 2015:

The 2014 French-Mauritanian drama film “Timbuktu”, partially influenced by a 2012 public stoning of an unmarried couple in Aguelhok, was a milestone for the country Mauritania. It became the first film shot in Mauritania by a Mauritanian director, director Abderrahmane Sissako, to win at the Cesar film awards. It won seven out of its eight award nominations including Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Music and Best Sound. As such, it set the record for being the African film with the most awards ever. Also, “Timbuktu” was the first ever submission of Mauritania to the best foreign language film category of the Academy Awards. A milestone indeed.

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