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Directed by Daouda Coulibaly

France, Senegal 2016 95 mins. In French, Bambara

Set in Mali’s capital city of Bamako, Coulibaly’s debut feature offers perspective on the country’s enduring political turmoil. When low-level transit employee Ladji misses out on a potentially lucrative promotion, it’s time to move on. He uses his connections to earn money as a drug runner, at which he thrives. It’s not long before he is rising in the ranks, but as he does his control of events spin out of control and he’s soon embroiled in conflicts that stretch from Mali’s government all the way to Al Qaeda. In Bambara and French with English subtitles.

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Reviews: Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Cineuropa