Mali's capital, Bamako, is one of the fastest growing cities in Africa, and first-time writer/director Daouda Coulibaly's gritty drama captures its thrumming mean streets with a palpable sense of urgency. Fed up with his badly paid, dead-end job as a bus driver, Ladji (Ibrahim Koma) makes a fateful decision: with a loan from a local dealer, he buys his own mini-bus and uses it as a cover to run drugs. Success comes quickly, but with it comes increased danger and growing aggravation. Dealings with shady government officials and a corrupt French businessman, who offers to help Ladji and his team expand into neighboring countries (where they'll be trespassing on Al-Qaeda territory), push Ladji to the brink...
"Like a Malian riff on Brian De Palma's Scarface, this tale of a fast-rising drug dealer reps an auspicious debut... [The drama is] structured like so many local-area tales, but delivered with a pulse-pounding thrust that's all but unique among African cinema..." Pamela Pianezza, Variety
|Producers:||Eric Névé, Oumar Sy|
|Cast:||Ibrahim Koma, Inna Modja, Ismaël N’Diaye, Jean-Marie Traoré, Habib Dembélé|
|Running Time:||95 minutes|