Adama is the story of a twelve-year-old boy living in a village in West Africa. This animated feature film starts in 1916, during the outbreak of World War I.
When Adama’s older brother runs away to join the Nassaras – the white men – Adama is determined to find him and bring him home. Adama’s determination defies his elders and starts an impossible quest that takes him over the seas to the Western Front.
It is the childish insight of a young boy about the contribution of African soldiers and others nations to the Great War, that provide us with magical realism in this tale of brotherhood, hope, and identity.
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.