Adanggaman

Director: Roger Gnoan M’Bala
Country: Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso
Year: 2000
Running Time: 90 min.
Language: Bambara and Baule with English subtitles

Adanggaman, Roger Gnoan M'Bala, Ivory Coast/Switzerland, 2000, 85 min.
In West Africa during the late 17th century, King Adanggaman leads a war against his neighboring tribes, ordering his soldiers to torch enemy villages, kill the elderly and capture the healthy tribesmen to sell to the European slave traders. When his village falls prey to one of Adanggaman’s attacks, Ossei manages to escape, but his family is murdered except for his captured mother. Chasing after the soldiers in an effort to free her, Ossei is befriended by a fierce warrior named Naka.

About the Director

Roger Gnoan M’Bala

Biography: Roger Gnoan M’Bala was born in Grand-Bassam, Ivory Coast, in 1943. He studied in Sweden and at the Conservatoire Libre du Cinéma in Paris. In 1970 he directed Koundoum, his first black and white documentary on traditional dance, and two years later his film Amanié won several prizes, including the FIFEF. Since then, he has produced and directed feature films, notably the award-winning Ablakon.

(Source: Through African Eyes – Dialogues with the Directors, BONETTI Mahen and REDDY Prerana (Editors), 2003, African Film Festival, Inc. and Printinfo JV LLC, Yerevan, Armenia, p.64)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Au nom du Christ [In the Name of Christ] (1994);
Adanggaman (2000).

Filmography:
Koundoum (1970);
La Biche (1971);
Amanié (1972);
Valisy (1973);
Le Bardo de San Pédro (1974);
Gboundo (1974);
The Hat (1975);
Élevage moderne (1980);
France – Côte d’Ivoire (1982);
Ablakon (1986);
Bouka (1988);
Au nom du Christ [In the Name of Christ] (1993);
Adanggaman (2000);
Le Peuple Niambwa (2009);
Le Dipri (2009).

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