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    Belgium, France, 90', 2021

    age recommendation: 13+

    Aya is growing up with her mother on the island of Lahou. Joyful and carefree, she enjoys picking coconuts and sleeping on the sand. However, her paradise is doomed to disappear under the water. As the waves threaten her house, Aya makes a decision: the sea-level may rise, she won’t leave her island.

    Simon Coulibaly Gillard

    Born in Bulgaria and grew up in Brittany. After studying mechanical engineering, he did a U-turn and decided to live of his love for film. Throughout his master’s degree in film-directing at INSAS, Simon developed a strong relationship with the people and territories of West Africa where he lives and works part of the year. He made all his films there, alone with his cameras and microphones, accompanied by his assistant, Lassina Coulibaly.

    Cast & Crew

    • direction: Simon Coulibaly Gillard
    • screenplay: Simon Coulibaly Gillard
    • cinematography: Simon Coulibaly Gillard
    • editing: Simon Coulibaly Gillard
    • sound: Simon Coulibaly Gillard, Clément Chauvelle
    • cast:  Marie-Josée Degny Kokora, Patricia Egnabayou, Junior Asse, Mariam Traore
    • producer:  Sébastien Andres, Alice Lemaire, François-Pierre Clavel
    • production company: Michigan films, Kidam
    • original language:  Avikam, French


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