Adama – Review

Image courtesy of MSPIFF

Image courtesy of MSPIFF

Adama follows the adventure of a 12-year-old boy who follows his brother out of his African village to try to convince him to come back from the WWI Western Front.

Do I think it is appropriate for family viewing?


This film was beautifully illustrated and hauntingly sad. It is recommended for ages 10+ and that is a very accurate rating. My 10-year-old enjoyed it and gave it a score of 4 out of 5, but she didn’t understand much of it. There is a mix of realism and mysticism that leaves you unsure what is real throughout the film right up to the ending.

There is a steady backdrop of violence and despair pretty much from the moment Adama leaves his village valley to the moment he returns. The western world is contrasted as dirty, gritty and violent against the beautiful, peaceful village.

This would be a good film to take an older child who has been watching foreign and independent films for a few years and has an eye for art.

This film was originally reviewed as part of the Childish Films section of the 2016 Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival. FFTC was provided with tickets to facilitate our review. Find more movie reviews from past film festivals here


Language: French (with English subtitles)
Runtime: 82 minutes

You can view the trailer for the film below.

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