Frankfurt am Main | 14 – 22 October 2023

Banel & Adama

Feature Film Senegal 2023
By Ramata-Toulaye Sy
Sun, 15 October 2023, 6:30 PM
A small and remote village in northern Senegal today. Banel and Adama are fiercely in love. Longing for a home of their own, they have decided to live apart from their families and that Adama will not accept his blood duty as future chief. But when Adama informs the village council of his intentions, the whole community is disrupted. The rain that is supposed to come does not come and the star-crossed lovers learn that where they live, there is no room for passions, let alone for chaos.


Film Info


Banel & Adama
Original title
Banel & Adama
Feature Film
Release Date
  • Senegal
  • France
  • Mali
Spoken language
  • Pulaar
  • English
87 Minutes
Color Format
  • Colour
Sound Format
  • Stereo Dolby Digital


  • Ramata-Toulaye Sy
  • Writer
  • Ramata-Toulaye Sy
  • Producers
  • Eric Névé
  • Margaux Juvénal
  • Maud Leclair Névé
  • Cast

  • Khady Mane (Leading Actress)
  • Mamadou Diallo (Leading Actor)
  • Director

    • Ramata-Toulaye Sy

      French-senegalese Ramata-Toulaye SY was born and raised in the Paris region. She joined La fémis in 2011 in the Screenwriting department, from which she graduated in 2015. Ramata-Toulaye worked, among others, as a screenwriter on the film "Sibel" (2018) by C. Zencirci and G. Giovanetti as well as on "Our Lady of the Nile" (2019) by A. Rahimi. In 2020, Ramata-Toulaye directed her first short film, "Astel", selected in more than 80 festivals and pre-selected for the 2023 César Awards. "Banel & Adama" is her first feature film.

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