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Banel & Adama Premieres at Film Forum


Banel & Adama (2023), directed by Ramata-Toulaye Sy, produced by Astou Films, ARTE, La Chauve Souris, Arte France Cinéma, Canal+ International

Film Forum
209 W Houston Street
New York, NY , 10014

June 7 - 13, 2024


On June 7, join Film Forum for the U.S. premiere of Banel & Adama (in competition at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival and Senegal’s entry for the 2024 Oscars), featuring director Ramata-Toulay Sy.

A great romance, a West African dreamscape, a tragic fable, a feminist paean. Young, fiery Banel loves her soft-hearted husband Adama with singular passion. She also hates to do chores with other village women, slings stones at small creatures, and fantasizes a liberated life of cattle-herding outside the village in the dunes. Adama is next in line for village chief but resists the responsibility. When a catastrophic drought hits, the curse weighs on his sense of duty, and the chasm between them drives Banel into a feverish, mystical chaos.

Tickets are available here!

The film is also part of the 2024-2025 film selection of Albertine Cinémathèque, an education and grant program by Villa Albertine and the Albertine Foundation. Read more.

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