Magazine article New Internationalist

Adanggaman

Magazine article New Internationalist

Adanggaman

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Adanggaman directed by Roger Gnoan M'Bala Adanggaman is a film betwixt and between. The story concerns intra-African violence during the 17th- century slave trade. Yet, although director M'Bala takes pains to specify the historical period, the film has the feeling of fable rather than history. Slavery is somewhat incidental to the coming of age of Ossei, played with a kind of irresolute verve by Ziable Honore Goore Bi. At the same time, the underlying critique of capitalism is unavoidable.

As the film begins, Ossei is trying to get out of the marriage being arranged for him by his authoritarian father. His own girlfriend is considered inappropriate because of her lowly social status. Ossei's answer to this insoluble conflict between his desires and his filial obligation is to run away - but refuge remains elusive. That night, Ossei's village is ransacked on the orders of the powerful slave trader, Adanggaman. …

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