The Mauritanian (2021 Film) Information

The Mauritanian is a legal drama/thriller. Kevin Macdonald is the director of the movie.   The story is based on the NY Times best-selling memoir “Guantánamo Diary” by Mohamedou Ould Slahi.



Jodie Foster as Nancy Hollander
Tahar Rahim as Mohamedou Ould Slahi
Shailene Woodley as Teri Duncan
Benedict Cumberbatch as Lt. Colonel Stuart Couch
Zachary Levi as Neil Buckland
Saamer Usmani as Arjun
Corey Johnson as Bill Seidel
Denis Menochet as Emmanuel
David Fynn as Kent

Synopsis of the film

Mohamedou Ould Slahi fights for his freedom. For years, he is detained and imprisoned without being charged by the U.S. Government.  Slahi (Tahar Rahim) finds allies in defence attorney Nancy Hollander (Jodie Foster) and her associate Teri Duncan (Shailene Woodley) who battle the U.S. government in a fight for justice that tests their commitment to the law and their client at every turn.

Release date

  • The film will be available on February 12, 2021 in the United States.
  • THE MAURITANIAN will open in the following select theatres on February 26th in Canada
    Scotiabank Saskatoon, Scotiabank Halifax, Gardiner’s Road Kingston, Landmark Regina
  • Releasing on digital and on-demand platforms across Canada on March 2.

Joe Foster “Nancy Hollander” discusses the most interesting or shocking thing she discovered while researching how to bring this true story and her real life character to the screen.

I didn’t really know anything about it when I read the original script. People were being picked up and taken to foreign countries and kept in detention and in some cases tortured.

Tahar Rahim “Mohamedou Ould Slahi” describes what was the most interesting and shocking thing he discovered while researching how to bring this true story and your real life character to the screen.

Understanding his psychology. Especially since there was no charge against him.

Kevin Macdonald discusses what inspired him to want to tell the story and be a part of this film.

I met Mohamedou over Skype about 3 years ago. This is a guy who for 14 years was unjustly imprisoned. He had been terribly tortured. I expected him to be a broken man but when I actually talked to him I was so pleased. He was warm, incredibly funny and very forgiving individual. He speak 7 languages. That was what I wanted to make a movie about that character.

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