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Berni Goldblat / Feature Narrative / France, Burkina Faso, Qatar / 2017 / 84 min / Colour / DCP2K / In Dioula, French / Arabic, English subtitles / MENA Premiere
Rated: Parental guidance advised for viewers under the age of 15. Individuals under the age of 15 are not admitted into cinemas unless accompanied by an individual aged 18 or over.


When 13-year-old Ady gets himself into trouble in a French suburb, his father decides to send his son to live for a time under the care of his authoritarian uncle in a remote village in Burkina Faso. At first, Ady thinks he’s on a week’s vacation, only to discover that his holiday is permanent – at least, until he pays back the cash he stole from Dad. Like any teen, Ady is addicted to his smartphone and his French rap music – but limited electricity and communication soon mean he is enveloped in a culture and lifestyle that are radically different from the Western style of living that he is used to.

Eventually, Ady’s coming-of-age ordeal brings him to a place where materialism is less important than family, and his discovery of his roots allows him to cultivate a more Burkinabe sensibility. Surrounded by new sights – the gorgeous African countryside not the least of them – and ways of being, and encompassed by familial love that is far stronger than anything he felt in France, Ady remodels his European outlook with African inflections and develops the compassion that will make him a better international citizen.

About the Director

Since 1999, Berni Goldblat has been directing, producing and distributing films, primarily documentaries in West Africa. In 2006, he established Les films du Djabadjah, an independent production company based in Burkina Faso. Since 2007, Goldblat has been a member of the jury of the African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), the African equivalent of the Academy Awards for African films held annually in Nigeria. Since 2011, he has been training documentary screenwriters. He has organised and led six international documentary writing workshops for young African authors in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso. Since 2012, Goldblat has been President of the Association de Soutien du Cinéma au Burkina Faso (ASCBF), which is saving Bobo-Dioulasso’s Ciné Guimbi.


Berni Goldblat
David Bouchet
Nicolas Anthomé
Laurent Sénéchal
Executive Producer
Faissol Gnonlonfin
Berni Goldblat
Vincent Ségal
Martin Rit
Sales Company
Production Company
Les Films du Djabadjah
Mathieu Perrot
Assistant Director
Victor Baussonnie
Makhan Nathan Diarra, Ibrahim Koma, Hamadoun Kassogué, Habib Dembélé, Josephine Kaboré, Georgette Paré, Sophie Cattani


  • Production Company

    Les Films du Djabadjah

    Les Films du Djabadjah
    +226 20977463

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