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African Film Festival 2014

Thursday, January 30, 2014
7:00 p.m. Burn It Up Djassa
Lonesome Solo, a.k.a. Souleymane Bamba (Ivory Coast, 2012)

(Le Djassa a pris feu). Cinema vérité hits the ghetto in this noir and hip-hop–fuelled snapshot of the Abidjan streets, directed by first-time filmmaker “Lonesome Solo,” a.k.a. Souleymane Bamba. A young street tough sells cigarettes in the nightlife district, but the lure of easier money soon drags him towards a more vibrant—and dangerous—thug life. Meanwhile, his sister dreams of a better future, but falls into prostitution, while his brother tries to live on the “right” side of the street as a police officer. Shot in eleven days and created collectively by its actors (many of whose lives are similar to their characters’), flavored by a raw combination of slam poetry and dance, Burn It Up Djassa merges the street-level, DIY aesthetics and energy of contemporary Nollywood with the particular realities of the Ivory Coast.

—Jason Sanders

• Written by Delphine Jaquet, Ange Ali Sanogo, Solo, Yacouba Soumahoro. Photographed by Jaquet. With Abdoul Karim Konaté, Mohamed Bamba, Mamadou Diomand., Adela.de Ouattara. (70 mins, In French and Nouchi with English subtitles, Color, Beta SP)