Directed by Simon Roubi and voiced by French-Malian child actor Azize Abdoulaye Diabaté, Adama‘s title character embarks on an unexpected quest to find his older brother who was taken from their village to serve as a rifleman with the French army. See the synopsis below:
In 1916, 12 year-old Adama lives in a remote village in West Africa, sheltered by the cliffs. Out, beyond, lies the land of breaths, the kingdom of wicked spirits hungry for war. When Samba, his elder brother, suddenly vanishes from the village, Adama decides to set off in search of him. Accompanied first by Abdou, a tragically lucid griot, then by Maximin, a street urchin who is his own negative twin, he travels to the frontlines in order to free his brother and see his own initiatory journey through.
“Adama is set in a specific historical context, but it is not a period piece,” the film’s creators told Torino Film Lab. “What matters to us is how Adama’s adventure resonates with contemporary issues. Envisioned as an initiatory trance, our film recounts Adama’s passage into adulthood and how he discovers his own uniqueness, his identity, whilst at the same time touching on the universal, humanity itself.”
Adama is produced by Philippe Aigle and Severine Lathuilliere for Naia Productions, in co-production with Pipangai Studio and France 3 Cinema.