"Timbuktu," Oscar-nominated film, explores extremist takeover of fabled African city in 2012

February 16, 2015 10:00 AM

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JOHANNESBURG – An Islamic extremist can't summon the necessary fervor while making a video hailing the jihadi cause in a scene from "Timbuktu," an Oscar nominee for best foreign language film that is based on the militant takeover of the ancient city in Mali in 2012.

"You're not focused," says the jihadi behind the camera, coaching the listless recruit. "Your speech is not convincing at all."

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