This one-of-a-kind animated feature film tells the story of twelve-year-old Adama, a young boy living in an unnamed village in West Africa. It is 1916, and beyond the cliffs of his sheltered paradise, lies the World of Winds where World War I is raging. When his older brother runs away to join the Nassaras – the white men – Adama is determined to find him and bring him home. With the steadfast determination of a child coming of age, Adama defies his elders and embarks on a perilous quest that takes him over the seas to the Western Front.
Beautifully told, Adama gives much-needed insight into the contribution of African soldiers and nations to the Great War. Director Simon Rouby’s debut film features distinctive animation techniques that combine sculpture, 2D and 3D animation to express an enormous spectrum of place and emotion. The horrors of the frontline mingle seamlessly with magical realism in this tale of brotherhood, hope and shifting identity.