Event Date and time: November 6 | 7:15 PM – 10:00 PM
Event website: CLOSING GALA: WÙLU – FILM AFRICA 2016
Event cost: £12
Dir. Daouda Coulibaly
France, Senegal, Mali. 2016. 95 mins. French, Bambara with English subtitles. N/C 15+
Malian director Daouda Coulibaly’s auspicious debut feature Wùlu (‘dog’ in Bambara) brings to our screens an intensely-packed political thriller, with the narco-trafficking underworld at its heart. We follow the main character Ladji (Ibrahim Koma), a 20-year-old poorly paid transit worker from Bamako who leads a quiet life, looking out for his family and keeping out of trouble. When corruption at work leads to him losing out on yet another promotion, Ladji falls victim to temptation; his rapid transformation into drug trafficker quickly entangles him in the criminal underworld, including the military, government and eventually al-Qaeda. With a screenplay that skillfully dabbles in the African oral storytelling and initiation traditions, and featuring a commanding performance from Ibrahim Koma, Coulibaly’s potent and enigmatic debut feature establishes him as a filmmaker to watch, touching on the known yet unspoken dysfunctions underneath the Mali’s 2012 coup d’etat.
Followed by a Q&A with director Daouda Coulibaly. Preceded by the winner of the Baobab Award for Best Short Film
Suggested Hashtag for this screening is: #FilmAfrica
Film Africa is the Royal African Society’s annual festival celebrating the best African cinema from across the continent. Launched in 2011, Film Africa is now the UK’s largest festival of African film and culture. Every year, Film Africa brings London audiences a core programme of fiction and documentary films alongside a vibrant series of accompanying events, including director Q&As, panel discussions, talks, workshops, master classes, family activities and Film Africa LIVE! music nights.