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African Child

A 90' feature directed in 1995 by Laurent Chevallier

The look of an African child on the city.

Baba Camara lived a happy childhood in his village in Guinea, on the banks of the river Niger, until his father Madou sent him to Conakry to study. He discovered the modern world (the big city, school, the hospital...) and fell in love for the first time.

It is the problem of uprooting in Africa.

We discover Guinea, with its traditional conflicts, its unexpected changes as well as the contradictions of modern Africa.

Thanks to his experience as a documentary director : Au Sud du Sud, Djembefola, Circus Baobab..., Laurent Chevallier does not illustrate Camara Laye's famous book, written in1953, but he puts side by side his life as a writer (1928-1980) and the life of a black child of today, his nephew, with the members of the Camara family.

The life of the teen-ager is portrayed with emotion, in real life situations, like the discovery of Conakry.

Festivals : Sélectionné à la Quinzaine des Réalisateurs (Cannes)

Awards : - Nominated at the "Quinzaine des Réalisateurs", in Cannes Film Festival

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