The Mauritanian: Review, Trailer, Cast, Release Date and How to Watch/Download Online

The Mauritanian is a 2021 legal drama film directed by Kevin Macdonald from a screenplay written by M.B. Traven, Rory Haines, and Sohrab Noshirvani. The film is based on the 2015 memoir Guantánamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Salahi, a true story of Salahi’s experience of being held for fourteen years without charge in the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. 

The Mauritanian

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The film stars Jodie Foster, Tahar Rahim, Shailene Woodley, and Benedict Cumberbatch and it follows Mohamedou Ould Salahi (Rahim), who is captured by the U.S. government and is languishing in Guantanamo Bay detention camp without charge or trial.

Losing all hope, Salahi finds allies in defense attorney Nancy Hollander (Foster) and her associate Teri Duncan (Woodley). Together, they face countless obstacles in the desperate pursuit of justice.

The Mauritanian Storyline

Based on the NY Times best-selling memoir “Guantánamo Diary” by Mohamedou Ould Slahi, this is the true story of Slahi’s fight for freedom after being detained and imprisoned without charge by the U.S. Government for years.

Alone and afraid, Slahi finds allies in defense attorney Nancy Hollander and her associate Teri Duncan who battle the U.S. government in a fight for justice that tests their commitment to the law and their client at every turn. 

Their controversial advocacy, along with evidence uncovered by a formidable military prosecutor, Lt. Colonel Stuart Couch, uncovers shocking truths and ultimately proves that the human spirit cannot be locked up.

Release Date

The film was released in the United States on February 12, 2021, and it will be released on April 1, 2021, in the United Kingdom. The movie is set to be released in March on digital demand.

Official Trailer

The official trailer can be checked out using this link.


Casts are the people or characters with roles in the film and they include;

  • Jodie Foster as Nancy Hollander
  • Tahar Rahim as Mohamedou Ould Salahi
  • 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


Directed by

  • Kevin Macdonald.

Produced by

  • Adam Ackland.
  • Michael Bronner.
  • Benedict Cumberbatch.
  • Leah Clarke.
  • Christine Holder.
  • Mark Holder.
  • Beatriz Levin.
  • Lloyd Levin.
  • Branwen Prestwood-Smith.

Screenplay by

  • M.B. Traven.
  • Rory Haines.
  • Sohrab Noshirvani.

Story by

  • M.B. Traven.

Based on

  • Guantanamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Salahi.

Music by

  • Tom Hodge.


  • Alwin H. Küchler.

Edited by

  • Justine Wright.

Production companies

  • Topic Studios.
  • Black Sheep Pictures.
  • Convergent Media.
  • Oak Street Films.
  • SunnyMarch.
  • Wonder Street.
  • 30West.
  • BBC Film.

Distributed by

  • STXfilms.

The above some of the individuals the making of The Mauritanian.

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