Young Ladji has been a bus driver in Bamako, the capital of Mali, for years but misses out on a promotion because of nepotism. So he decides to find another way of making money – also to help his sister, who is being forced into prostitution by poverty. He contacts a drug dealer and, together with two mates, starts running drugs. He transports cannabis into Mali and Senegal, bringing back cocaine, and later makes trips to Guinea and the city of Timbuctoo, all in a van with stickers of Bob Marley and Ché Guevara on the back windows. The trips become ever more hazardous, particularly when they pass through the desert of northern Mali, which is controlled by Al Qaida and rebel Tuaregs. While his sister (played by singer Inna Modja) immerses herself in a life of luxury, Ladji has to tackle corrupt soldiers and fanatical members of Al Qaida.
Daouda Coulibaly’s overwhelming debut takes place against the backdrop of the 2012 coup in Mali, when drug smuggling brought the country to its knees and led to political destabilisation.
Director
Daouda Coulibaly
Countries of production
France, Senegal
Year
2016
Festival Edition
IFFR 2017
Length
95'
Medium
DCP
Languages
French, Bambara
Producer
Éric Névé
Production Company
La Chauve-Souris
Sales
Indie Sales
Screenplay
Daouda Coulibaly
Cinematography
Pierre Milon
Editor
Julien Leloup
Production Design
Papa Mahamoudou Kouyaté
Sound Design
Nathalie Vidal
Music
Éric Neveux
Cast
Ibrahim Koma, Inna Modja, Ismaël N’Diaye, Jean-Marie Traoré, Habib Dembele, Mariame N’Diaye, Quim Gutierrez
Website
http://indiesales.eu/wulu