By Oumar Balla N'DIAYE


3D - Development 2009

    • Year of production
    • 2009
    • Genres
    • 3D
    • Countries
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    • Budget
    • 10 - 25 M$
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Oumar Balla N'DIAYE
    • Writer(s)
    • Oumar N'DIAYE
    • Producer(s)
    • Alioune Babee N'DIAYE (WAAW STUDIO USA), Youssou N'DOUR (BIRIMA)
    • Synopsis
      There once was a time of peace between Dimbolor and Sarafina — two villages that could not be any more different. It was a shaky peace, but held together in the African tradition, using symbols and rituals as parapets against conflicts and intolerance. Thus, through a symbol — a small stone talisman called the Yakuugri — Dimbolor and Sarafina celebrated their renewed friendship every year by entrusting the sacred object to one another.
      Until one day, the Yakuugri disappeared, along with two women who were former friends from these villages. Soon, a bitter hatred erupted between the Dimbolor and Sarafina.
      Years later, Kuumba Ba-Puulo and Kuumba Linguere, two 13-year-old girls, inherited this conflict. Ba-Puulo is a shepherdess who lives in the modest village of Dimbolor, where she determinedly raises her grandfather’s herd of zebu. Linguere is the granddaughter of the sovereign Grand Damel Birima, and a princess of the marvelous Sarafina where she lives in opulence.
      One evening, an explosive event reactivated the towns’ dormant hatred. During the great annual celebration of Tadjebone, masked raiders rampaged through Dimbolor, setting it to flames and thus forcing the villagers to move to Sarafina while their homes were rebuilt. To the wise old men of the village, it was another reminder of the curse caused by the loss of the Yakuugri.
      The loathing between the two villages made this a difficult cohabitation indeed. But Linguere and Ba-Puulo eventually reunited thanks to efforts of a mutual friend, a little boy called Keba. The girls soon realized that the tragedy of the siege on Dimbolor was the work of the disgraceful Makole, Councilor of Sarafina: the same manipulative villain who masterminded the conflict between the villagers and convinced them that Ba-Puulo’s mother was behind the murder of Linguere’s.
      And so the mission of reconciliation between the two young girls — and perhaps their respective villages — begins.
      The Kuumba want to find the truth. Their search will direct them an incredible world, hidden in the trunk of the area’s oldest baobab tree. Its name is Guykawe, “the silent witness.” Only this old tree can reveal to them the truth about their ancestors.
      In this strange world, they will encounter famous characters of African legend: the monstrous spirit Nikinanka, the singing spirit Obloss, and others. But they will have other strange meetings as well. Makole will hear about their quest, and the revelation of the truth about their mothers would thwart his strategy to destabilize the villages and become the most powerful man in the region. Thus, with the complicity of his sorcerer brother, Draman, Makole will do his best to relieve the Great Damel Birima of his power before the Kuumba can return from their journey.
      Will the girls have enough time to find the secret of their families and emerge from the baobab before evil powers close the door on them forever?
      Will the quest that binds the two girls to this hostile world restore peace between them and their opposing villages?
      And above all this: what is the secret that lies hidden within the tree’s mysterious world?
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