Animation, historical| France | 2015 | 82 min |French
(English subtitles)
Director:  Simon Rouby
Immigrants Story: Senegal

Twelve-year-old Adama lives in a remote village in Western Africa. Beyond the cliffs, the World of Breaths can be found, where the Nassaras reign.One night, Samba, his older brother, disappears. Defying the laws of the elders, Adama decides to set out to find him. With the unwavering determination of a child becoming a man, he launches into a quest that will take him beyond the seas, northward, to the front lines of World War One, in 1916.

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  • Annecy International Animated Film Festival - André Martin Award Best French Feature Film (France, 2016) 

  • Chicago International Children’s Film Festival (2015) - Adult's Jury Award : Simon Rouby (director), Peace Prize : Simon Rouby, Special Prize : Best of the Fest Award


  • Cesar Awards - French film industry awards - Best Animated Film (France, 2016) 

  • Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur (Belgium, 2015)

  • San Sebastian International Film Festival (Spain, 2015)

  • Ottawa International Animation Festival (2015)

  • Montreal World Film Festival (2015)

Film Reviews:

A splendidly original and enthralling French animated feature.

– Cartoon Brew

The directing of Adama is simply phenomenal. Rouby applied an old school type of animation to his film, combining a series of still images with a magnificent soundtrack and creating innovative visuals.

– Shifter


The allegorical subtext triggers reflections in the viewers’ minds, leading them to retrieve images and situations that affect collective memory and identity. By focusing on a disturbing historical event, the movie successfully redefines reality through fantasy.

– Cineuropa