Magazine article Screen International

Lacote to Direct Street-Gang Drama 'Zama'

Magazine article Screen International

Lacote to Direct Street-Gang Drama 'Zama'

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Ivorian director Philippe Lacote is developing a feature inspired by a real-life, street-gang leader called Zama, who was hacked to death on the streets of the Ivory Coast's de-facto capital Abidjan by angry residents in April.

The project, entitled Zama, follows on from Lacote's debut feature Run, which was set against the backdrop of his country's decade-long civil war and premiered in Cannes' Un Certain Regard in 2014.

"Zama is a product of the war, a former child soldier who went on to become the leader of an infamous street gang. Through his trajectory, I'll explore the Ivory Coast's post-war era," Lacote, who lives between the Ivory Coast and France, told Screen.

The film-maker was speaking at the Jerusalem Film Festival (July 9-19) ahead of a screening of Run on Sunday (July 12).

Run was developed with the support of the Jerusalem-based Sam Spiegel International Film Lab and went on to win its top $50,000 prize in 2012.

The real-life Zama was an infamous figure on the streets of Abidjan who ran a street gang called Les Microbes, inspired by the name of a gang in Fernando Meirelles and Katia Lund's City Of God. …

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