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Banel & Adama

Directed by Ramata-Toulaye Sy
Senegal, France, Mali
87 minutes
Winner of the top prize at the Melbourne International Film Festival, this rare film from Senegal charts an intense love story against a backdrop of suspicion, folklore and drought.
After premiering to great acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival, director Ramata-Toulaye Sy’s astonishing debut film has been hailed as the arrival of a great new voice in cinema. When a passionate young couple. Banel (Khady Mane) and Adama (Mamadou Diallo), begin to defy societal expectation, the locals begin to correlate their behaviour and the drought befalling their region. This atmospheric exploration of love, obsession and madness is lyrical filmmaking at its best and freshest.

Winner, Bright Horizons, Melbourne International Film Festival
… this film finds an assured place in the quietist tradition of African cinema with beautiful images and strong moments, and with relevant things to say about community, a woman’s place and the climate crisis.
The Guardian


Sat 24 Feb
BCC Cinemas Casuarina Darwin
Past Event Cancel
Senegal, France, Mali
In Pulaar and French with English subtitles
Ramata-Toulaye Sy
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