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Films on the Green Presents Aya of Yop City

Part of Films on the Green 2019

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AYA OF YOP CITY (Aya de Yopougon)
Directed by Marguerite Abouet and Clément Oubrerie, 2010, 1h24, France-Ivory Coast (Courtesy of Cinémathèque Afrique - Institut français)
With the voices of Aïssa Maïga, Tatiana Rojo, Tella Kpomahou

Presented in partnership with the African Film Festival and the Consulate General of Côte d’Ivoire in New York.

It’s the end of the 70s and nineteen-year-old Aya lives in Youpougon, a working-class neighborhood in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Aya divides her time between school, her family, and her two best friends, Adjoua and Bintou, who only think of sneaking out as soon as night falls. Things go awry when Adjoua becomes pregnant, causing the friends to try and figure out what is best for the situation.

 

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Film in French with English subtitles
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Here is the writer and director, Marguerite Abouet, telling us more about the movie Aya of Yop City, adapted from her acclaimed graphic novel series. We thank Ms. Abouet for graciously sending us this video.

FILMS ON THE GREEN FESTIVAL

The 2019 Films on the Green lineup focuses on female directors in French and Francophone cinema through a selection of 13 movies. This 12th edition pays tribute to “Women Behind the Camera” in honor of Agnès Varda, feminist filmmaker and pioneer of the French New Wave, who passed away earlier this year.

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