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Director: Daouda Coulibaly 
Quim Gutiérrez, Ibrahim Koma, Inna Modja 
France / Senegal, 2016, 95 mins, French / Bambara with English subtitles, 15 


A pacy political crime thriller, Wùlu is set in Bamako during the lead up to Mali’s 2012 coup d’état. When Ladji is overlooked for a promotion with a Bamako bus company, he hesitantly accepts a new job in a different field. Entering the sinister world of drug trafficking, Ladji applies his knowledge of the city and hones new skills which propel him up the career ladder. He is able to provide for his sister and relishes in the thrill of his early success in the drugs trade. However, each new opportunity in the field comes with grave risk. His new lifestyle affords him greater debt, and as he descends deeper into the political underworld, he is forced into increasingly violent roles. This bold directorial debut by French-Malian director Daouda Coulibaly explores the international ties that entangle the Everyman in the Malian military, government and terrorist activity.