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Aya of Yop City

AYA OF YOP CITY / AYA DE YOPOUGON
By Marguerite Abouet & Clément Oubrerie
2013 - France - 105 min

In French with English subtitles

Adapted from Aya of Yop City by Marguerite Abouet and Clément Oubrerie.

Adapted from Marguerite Abouet's best-selling graphic novels Aya of Yop City has earned worldwide praise for its representation of relevant social and political topics in West Africa. Inspired by Abouet's childhood, the series has received praise for offering relief from the disaster-struck focus of most stories set in Africa.

Aya of Yop City is a lighthearted story about life in the Ivory Coast during the 1970s, a particularly thriving and wealthy time in the country's history. 19-year-old Aya lives in Yopougon, a working class neighborhood in Abidjan that was renamed Yop City to be "like in an American film." Despite their joyfulness, Aya and her friends begin to make serious decisions about their future. Things go awry when Adjoua, Aya's best friend, becomes pregnant...

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Peppered with humor and drama, the film also features a catchy soundtrack, mixing West African genres with French pop.

“Oubrerie’s style animates both the broadly funny and painfully grave moments in Abouet’s rhythmic slice-of-life storytelling.” —The Washington Post

Free admission. Online registration is required for this screening.

The film is recommended for a mature audience.

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