Synopsis: 12 year-­old Adama lives in a remote village in West Africa, sheltered by the Cliffs. Out, beyond, lies "the land of breaths", the kingdom of wicked spirits hungry for war. When Samba, his elder brother, suddenly vanishes from the village, Adama decides to set off in search of him. Accompanied first by Abdou, a tragically lucid griot, then by Maximin, a street urchin who is his own negative twin, he crosses a Europe in the grip of war. We're in 1914. Borne by the energy of desperation and the poetry of childhood, Adama travels to the hell of the frontline in order to free his brother. Ultimately, Adama's love for his brother will open an unexpected way to his initiatory journey.
Genre: Animation, Drama
Director(s): Simon Rouby
  1 win & 4 nominations.
82 min


One !

Two !

Three !

Go on, dive !

Adama, its your brother !

Samba !

Back on the road immediately.

yes master !

You saw his jump !

Hi, little brother !

Hello !

You ready for the ceremony !

Of course !

Let your eyes be purified !

Samba !

Back here now !

It is time for you

To be lead in an adult.

Come with us !

Spirit of the cliffs !

You who protect us

External threats !

You are the pure guide

And mislead the unclean !

Do not let them lose

Beyond the cliffs !

In the world of breaths !

There where

Everything is chaos and vanity !

Where there are

The Nassara !

Come with us !

Spirit of the cliffs !

Open the eyes of those

Who will become men !

Your sight is now purified !

Your sight is now purified !

Your sight is now purified !

Your sight is

(Seagull cry !)

(Seagull cry)

(Seagull cry)

We must clean off their heads, quicKly !

The ceremony is over !

Whats the matter ?

You stop the ceremony for a bird !

What you saw was not a bird !

It was ...

An omen !

A bad omen !

A bad omen ?

But of what ?

Beyond the cliffs !

The Nassara approach.

But what about Samba ?

The influence of the Nassara

is powerful !

I feel it around us.

I'm afriad your son is

one possessed !

What are you talking about ?

Bring me your son

At dawn !

He will stay with me starting tommorrow !

For how long ?

I need him at once !

Boubacar !

You have the possessed in your field

What did you do ?

You went beyond the cliffs ?

No, father!

Yes well

I hope that's the truth !

Tommorrow you will see Ogotemmli

You will stay there until further notice.

Keep quiet !

Or they will end your initiation.


You see how it is !

We can not talk to him.

But it is for your own good, Samba !

You have to do what he says.

- But

- No, Samba !

You have to stop going there

And you know it !


So, you're going ?

I do not have to give notice !

If I stay !

They will turn me into a disciple !

It is they who are possessed !

What is it ?

It's gold !

The Nassara gave it to me.

really ?

They need more warriors like me.

They have seen them.

I was not made for plowing.

I shall bring the glory.

They will see the village !

I am coming with you !

You're sure you're awake !

I think you dream already !

Come on !

You cannot come with me.

They don't take kids.

Ogotemmli said the Nassara are bad !

Ogotemmli is too old !

The Nassara are our brothers.

When you coming back ?

I'll be back for the harvest.

Tell it to father.

In the meantime I'll leave this here !

with that, it will be quiet !

Come on !

Come here!

Do not say anything to father before tommorrow !

Where is he ?

I do not know.

What's going on ?

I need to talk to the board !

quick !

where is Samba ?

it is ...

too late.

He wanted to be there before dawn.

Hey !

Where are you going ?

But I'll go play instead.

slowly, young man !

..... signs of change

I sensed it !

I called the board meeting !

what happened to you Boubacar ?

You did not bring us your son !

He left that night.

See for yourself !

Oh, gosh !

he sold his soul to the Nassara!

this is what I feared, Boubacar !

The child that I started yesterday

Is no longer the son that you think you knew.

He was plauged by evil.

we must catch up !

We need to send men

looking for him !

And take the risk of losing them too !

I will go myself !

Do not be irresponsible, Boubacar !

You have to take care of your family.

Samba said he would return for the harvest.

So you knew he was going !

Boubacar !

It is no longer possible to catch Samba

In the world of Breaths !

We have no other choice

But to believe the words of adama


Nobody has to go

Beyond the cliffs.

My son will never return

And you know it!

Adama !

Do not touch that !

It has already done enough harm !

I will go !

I will give the gold to Nassara !

I will bring Samba back !

Adama !

Come back here !

Look there !

Get him !

What is happening !

Adama !

What are you doing !

Leave him alone !

Your son

wants to go beyond the cliffs !

What ?

Adama, come back !

Adama !

Adama !

Come back, Adama !

Do not do this !

The Nassara have already taken your brother !

You do not know what you're doing !

The world is too dangerous !

Samba ?

Samba !

Samba... !

(Seagull cry)

(Seagull cry)

Bring my brother back !

Take me instead !

Samba !

Samba !

(Boat Sirens)

(Boat sirens)

Sir !

have you seen my brother ?

He is a warrior of the Nassara !

(truck horn)

(truck horn)




Hey !

Where you going ?

I am looking for my brother !

He is with the Nassara !

What !

Are you crazy ?

Come here !

You come from the cliffs !

Are you not?

You know where I can find him ?

You look very young kid

I mean

Do you even know where you're going ?

I'm looking for the Nassara !

I have to talk to them !

Ah ah !

Yes !

I see !

What can you give me

If i tell you where they are !

That, for exemple !

That is gold, is not it ?

Haven't you come to buy here ?

(Seagull cry)

I'll gotta go, bye !

Hey !

No, no do not bird !

It is not good for you !

I was joking !

Listen to me !

do not go there !

Kid !

Watch out, kid !

(Boat Sirens)

Phew !

well !

what's wrong !

it is you, the beggar, who frightens the kid !

Come here, little one !

trust me !

Can we know what you want with him ?

What is this circus ?!

who are you ?!

You should present yourself to recruiting office !

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