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Banel & Adama

Enchanting story from Senegal about the impossible love between Banel and Adama, the dissatisfied villagers and the extreme drought.

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Banel & Adama

In a remote village in northern Senegal, disaster strikes when Banel's husband suffers a fatal fall into a well. Tradition has it that his brother, the soon-to-be village chief Adama, takes his place. Despite the grief, this is a welcome turn in Banel's life, as she had always been in love with Adama. Soon the two only have eyes for each other, Adama no longer wants to be village chief, but only to live with his beloved somewhere outside the village; the villagers don't like it. Then, when also the rains stay away, the love between the two comes under pressure.

Debuting director Ramata-Toulaye Sy tells an enchanting and timeless love story in her first, self-written feature film, recalling the classic Romeo and Juliet. At the same time, she shows what life is like in rural Senegal, the position women play in it and the consequences of climate change.

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