Movie: ADAMA


Sembène – The Film & Arts Festival

(Based on A True Story)
Discussion Leader:  Ramatoulaye Valerie Coly Sène
Monday, December 26th – Day 1 of Kwanzaa (Umoja – Unity)
1:30 PM (Doors Open @ 12:30)
Carnegie Library of PGH –  Homewood
7101 Hamilton Ave. PGH 15208
Pizza Party follows!

Suggested Donation:  $2
A Film by Simon Rouby


Based on a true story

 Official Website        Official Trailer

For audiences ages 8 and up (In French with English Subtitles)

Official Selection of the 2015 Annecy International Animation Film Festival 

SYNOPSIS (Courtesy of Ocean-Films.com)

12-year-old Adama lives in a remote West African village. Beyond the cliffs lies the World of Wind, where the Nassaras reign. One night his older brother, Samba, disappears.  Defying the village elders, Adama decides to set off in search of him.  With the steadfast determination of a child coming of age, he embarks on a quest that takes him over the seas, to the North, to the front line of the First World War.  The year is 1916.

ADAMA is a modern and universal story, the coming-of-age tale of a young African boy searching for his brother, just as a new world is about to emerge from the chaos of war. 

ADAMA is not a French, European or African film.  It has no nationality other than its hybrid artistic identity, composed of graphic and musical influences from Africa, Europe, the Caribbean and America.  It has been made by passionate artists from all over the world: Indians, Madagascans, Reunion Islanders, metropolitan French, Cubans, Australians and Danes. 

Distinctive in technique, ADAMA is characterized by a mix of drawing, painting, magnetic ink and 3D animation. This combination results in a film with undeniable emotional force. There is, in ADAMA, great beauty, that of a young boy refusing the despair and cynicism of a world gone mad.