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The Black Child

The Black Child

A Feature film by Laurent Chevallier

Produced by Rhea Films

Release in France : 11/10/1995


    In Kouroussa, the village where he was born, between Madou, his father and king of mechanics, Kouda, his gentle mother, and his gang of friends, Baba learns about life, in harmony with the world around him. However, Baba is old enough to leave for the capital to continue his studies. He crosses the whole of Guinea to stay with his uncle Moussa in Conakry. He discovers a new, "modern" life in the capital.

    Actors (5)

    Production and distribution (3)

    Executive Producer :

    Rhea Films

    French distribution :

    Les Films du Paradoxe

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    Rhea Films

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    "Camara Laye wrote "The Black Child" in 1953. In freely adapting his novel, I aimed to integrate the reality of a child in today's Africa. By uprooting him from his traditional village, I hoped to capture his emotions on discovering the big city. I found the child by pure chance : I was looking for a face to express the blues of being uprooted, the sorrow of exile. One evening, I saw Baba step into my hut by the light of the petrol lamp. And I knew he was the one. I fixed time for him to come back for a screen test but he never turned p. He didn't give a damn about cinema. That was a good sign for me too. The only message in the film is that one should take an interest in other cultures and civilizations. That's more topical than ever..."
    (Laurent Chevalier)

    Full credits (10)

    Executive Producer :

    Béatrice Korc

    Screenwriter :

    Laurent Chevallier

    Sound Recordist :

    Olivier Schwob

    Editor :

    Ange-Marie Revel

    Music Composer :

    Momo Wandel Soumah

    Author of original work :

    Camara Laye

    Director of Photography :

    Amar Arhab

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Robert Schlockoff

    Production Designer :

    Yan Arlaud

    Costume designer :

    Jeanne Delavison

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    Feature film

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    Production language :

    French, African dialect

    Coproducer countries :

    Guinea, France

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    Majority French (Guinea, France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 32 min

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    Posters (1)


    Festival Selections

    Directors' Fortnight - 1995

    Directors' Fortnight (France, 1995)


    Official Selection