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A man and woman lay in the grass, gazing at each other.

Banel & Adama

  •   Ramata-Toulaye Sy
  •   Senegal, France, Mali

In a remote village in northern Senegal, the introspective Adama finds himself drawn to Banel, a passionate and rebellious spirit. Together, they make the bold decision to carve out their own destiny, opting to live independently from their respective families and be with each other. When Adama refuses to step into the role expected of him as the village’s future leader, it sets off a chain reaction that challenges tradition and tests the strength of their love.

With striking cinematography enriched by subtle elements of magical realism, Banel & Adama presents a visually enthralling journey.

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New Directors Program Sponsors

Robert and Penelope Steiner Family Foundation

Event Information

Thursday, October 19, 2023

  •   87 minutes
1500 N Clybourn Ave
Chicago, IL 60610 United States



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