Clouds Over Conakry

Director: Cheick Fantamady Camara
Country: Guinea
Year: 2007
Running Time: 113 min.
Language: French and Malinke

At the age of 25, the artist-caricaturist BB finds himself faced with an impossible choice. Son of the inflexible imam Karamo, the guardian of his village’s ancestral traditions, BB is chosen to be his father’s worthy successor. But he refuses to accept his destiny, preferring to work independently and live life to the fullest with his love, the beautiful young computer scientist Kesso. This is a very impressive film that finds a new approach to capturing the tradition-versus-modernity theme so frequently seen in African cinema.

About the Director

Cheick Fantamady Camara

Biography: Cheick Fantamady Camara was born in Conakry, Guinea, in 1960. He studied screenwriting at the French Audiovisual National Institute, and subsequently filmmaking at the École Nationale Supérieure Louis Lumière in Paris, France. He made his first short film, Konorofili (Anxiety) in 2000, followed by Bè Kunko (Everybody’s Problem) in 2004. In 2006, he made his first feature film, Clouds over Conakry (Il va pleuvoir sur Conakry), which received numerous international distinctions, including the People’s Choice Award at FESPACO 2007. In 2012, he released the film Morbayassa (the name of a traditional dance).

(Sources:
– AFF, Inc.
Through African Eyes – Conversations with the Directors – Volume 2, BONETTI Mahen and SEAG Morgan (Editors), 2010, African Film Festival, Inc. and Printinfo JV LLC, Yerevan, Armenia, p.50.)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Bè Kunko [Everybody’s Problem] (2006);
Clouds over Conakry [Il va pleuvoir sur Conakry] (2008).

Filmography:
Konorofili [Anxiety] (2000);
Little John (2002);
Bè Kunko [Everybody’s Problem] (2004);
Clouds over Conakry [Il va pleuvoir sur Conakry] (2006);
Morbayassa (2012).