A heart-felt coming-of-age tale set in Burkina Faso exploring mixed cultural identity and finding one’s place in the world.

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Dir Berni Goldblat
Prod Nicolas Anthomé
Scr David Bouchet
With Makan Nathan Diarra, Ibrahim Koma, Hamadoun Kassogué
France-Burkina Faso-Qatar
Prod Co bathysphere

A winning combination of witty comedy and sweet natured drama, Wallay finds a young boy coming of age in a different culture. Following the death of his French mother, 13-year-old Ady lives alone with his African father in Lyon. Edging towards delinquency, Ady is sent to his father’s hometown in Burkina Faso. Once there, he is entrusted to the guardianship of his uncle, a fisherman and disciplinarian who intends to put the boy back on the right track. To do so, he decides that Ady needs to learn the ways and traditions of his family’s culture, with mixed results. By contrast, Ady’s grandmother is a gentle woman who sees in the boy a deep reservoir of grief. She offers Ady the love that he has missed since his mother died. An all-too-relevant tale about finding one’s place in the world, Wallay was inspired by director Berni Goldblat’s own mixed cultural identity as a Swiss-Polish-Swedish-Burkinabe.

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  • Berni Goldblat, Director

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