February 24, 2018

VIFF Vancity Theatre
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Vancouver, Canada

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The French Touch: Les séries animées
February 24, 2018

“With the hope of returning home.”

Twelve year-old Adama lives in a remote village in West Africa that is sheltered by the Cliffs, beyond which lies a world of wicked spirits hungry for war. When his elder brother Samba suddenly vanishes from the village, Adama defies family, law, and tradition to set off in search of him. Accompanied first by the tragically lucid Abdou, then by the street urchin Maximin, Adama follows his brother to France in the grip of war in 1914. Borne by the energy of desperation and the poetry of childhood, Adama travels to the hell of the frontline in order to rescue his brother.

Adama’s journey is courageous, sober, gripping, and painful, but you cannot look away. It is a vital piece of the First World War often forgotten and unheard — how people who had no stake in the conflict between European powers were drawn to battlefields far from home. How people who knew nothing of the war went to fight for causes that meant little, if anything, in their lives.

For Black History Month just ahead of the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, it feels like the right time to watch Adama again and to think of where we stand now.

Free all-ages screening presented by Spark CG Society and VIFF Vancity Theatre in collaboration with Institut Français and the General Consulate of France in Vancouver. In French with English subtitles.

*Tickets are free, but booking ahead is recommended. Seats are not guaranteed and will be allotted to ticket-holders on a first-come, first-served basis.

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