WALLAY

WALLAY

FR/BF/QA 2017, D: Berni Goldblat, 82 Min.
Fiction, OV with Eng. ST, with German voice-over, released for 12+, recommended for 12+

The 13-year-old Ady hangs out with shady people and eludes his father’s control. As a disciplinary measure, his father decides to send him from France to Burkina Faso to live with his uncle Amadou. It dawns on Ady that this will not be a laid-back vacation, as there is not even any electricity to charge his iPhone during the day and he cannot access the internet. Everybody is telling him that this strange country is his home, although Ady does not even speak the language. Only when he meets his grandmother does he find a connection to this other world. In a cautious, almost documentary style this fiction film addresses issues of origin, home and belonging and gives a striking account of culture and traditions in West Africa.

Received multiple awards, such as “Best Actor” award at FESTICAB Burundi 2017 and audience awards at festivals for African films in Milan, Angers, and Tanger & Tarifa 2017

WED, 4.10., 10.30 AM
CineStar Metropolis

THU, 5.10., 11 AM
Kino des Deutschen Filmmuseums
Guest: Director Berni Goldblat, Leading Actor Makan Nathan Diarra
By prior appointment: LUCAS Film Forum

DIRECTOR

Berni Goldblat

Berni Goldblat is a Swiss-Burkinabe film director, producer and distributor. The main focus of his work since 1999 are documentaries in and on West Africa. He co-founded the association “Cinomade” and “Les films du Djabadjah”, an independent film production company located in Burkina Faso. WALLAY is his first feature-length film.

Filmography
2017 WALLAY / 2015 CINÉ GUIMBI MEMORIES / 2009 THE HILLSIDE CROWD / 2001 DONI-DONI B’AN BELA