This period coming-of-age odyssey was loosely inspired by the true-life stories of West Africans who were conscripted by France to fight in Europe during the First World War. The titular star is a 12-year-old West African boy who leaves the safety of his cloistered cliff-walled village to search for his older brother. The journey ultimately leads him to the front line of the Battle of Verdun. The single-minded mission of Adama to locate his sibling could have made this a straightforward adventure film, but director Simon Rouby conjures a magical realist atmosphere by weaving in mystical elements. An easy-to-follow and absorbing adventure story accessible to children, and of interest to adults as well. 


Cast Azize Diabate Abdoulaye, Pascal N’Zonzi, Oxmo Puccino 

Director Simon Rouby | 2015 | France | 82 mins

Int sales Picture Tree International Gmbh

Engrossing First World War survival story… gorgeous animation. – The Guardian


Edinburgh Filmhouse | Saturday 10th November 13:00

Bristol Watershed Monday 12th November 12:10 (part of Afrika Eye / Into Film)





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