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A slick West African crime drama that follows Ladji (the impressive Ibrahim Koma), an ambitious 20-year-old bus driver in Mali, struggling to make the money he needs to prevent his older sister (singer Inna Modja) from prostituting herself. He decides to switch careers and becomes a drug runner and impresses the operation’s boss (Olivier Rabourdin) with his ingenuity. The film marks the feature debut of French-Malian director Daouda Coulibaly, who hits the right genre notes as Ladji’s life of crime heads into increasingly dark territory. The story is set alongside the run-up to the 2012 Mali Civil War, adding an extra intriguing political dimension.

France and Senegal / 2016 / French and Bambara dialogue with English subtitles / Colour / 95 mins
Genre: Drama and Thriller
Programme: Cinema of the World
Premiere: Middle East Premiere
Rating: 18+
Contains: Drugs, Gory Images, Male Nudity, Nudity, Sex and Violence
Director: Daouda Coulibaly
Producer: Eric Névé
Scriptwriter: Daouda Coulibaly
DOP: Pierre Milon
Editor: Julien Leloup
Composer: Eric Neveux
Cast: Ibrahim Koma, Inna Modja, Ismaël N’Diaye, Habib Dembélé, Jean-Marie Traoré
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