Free Wheels / En Roue Libre

Director: Sidiki S. Bakaba
Country: Ivory Coast
Year: 2004
Running Time: 90 min
Language: French

At 6:00pm in Katakataville, an African capital city, Fofana is a taxi driver caught in a traffic jam. Patheco and Guele, two cripples, take advantage of the situation to extract coins from the taxi driver and hold him up. Taking Fofana and his passenger hostage, Patcheco and Guele announce themselves criminal masterminds. Thus begins a hard night of violence, confusion and drama.

About the Director

Sidiki Bakaba

sidikibkabaAlso Known As: Sijiri Bakaba / Siriki Bakaba

Biography: Sidiki Bakaba (born in Abengourou, Côte d’Ivoire, in 1949) is an actor, a scenario writer and a director from Côte d’Ivoire. He lives and works in Abidjan. After studying at the National School of Drama of Abidjan, he conducted training at the Living Theatre and with Grotowski. In 2000, he became the director of the Palace of Culture of Abidjan (Palais de la Culture d’Abidjan) located at Treichville. He also founded the Actor’s Studio (an actor training school in the Palace of Culture). Along with a significant acting career, he produced fiction films, documentaries such as Les Guérisseurs (1988) which won the award for best music at the Francophone Film Festival, as well as the Voice of Hope at FESPACO, Ouagadougou in 1989. His filmography includes Le Nord est tombé sur la tête (1995-1998) for TV5, La Parole (1992), L’Anniversaire de Daymio (1992) and documentaries such as Los Palenqueros du Pacifique colombien: cinq siècles de solitude in 2000 and La victoire aux mains nues in 2005.

(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sidiki_Bakaba)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Aduefue, the Lords of the Street [Les Guérisseurs] (1996, 2006);
Free Wheels [Roues libres] (2006).

Filmography:
Aduefue, the Lords of the Street [Les Guérisseurs] (1988);
La Parole (1992);
L’Anniversaire de Daymio (1992);
Tanoé des lagunes [Tanowé des lagunes] (1993);
Le Nord est tombé sur la tête (1995-1998);
Los Palenqueros du Pacifique colombien: cinq siècles de solitude (2000);
Caravane de la paix (2002);
Free Wheels [Roues libres] (2002);
Côte d’Ivoire terre d’espérance (2002);
Bare Hands Victory [La Victoire aux mains nues] (2005).