Ta Dona

Director: Adama Drabo
Countries: Mali
Year: 1991
Running Time: 100 min.
Language: Bambara


When bush fires break out in a small village in Malo, Sidy, a young forestry commissioner from the city, must journey into the spiritual realm. Although Sidy has been trained in modern techniques, he accepts that only by finding an herbal cure, called the seventh canari, prophesied by the oracle, can the fires be stopped. His journey into the Dogon country, popularized by western anthropologists, is his final step towards linking the two worlds, traditional and modern. One of contemporary African cinema’s most gifted visual stylists, Adama Drabo moves seamlessly between reality, dreams, myth and even the supernatural, linking the story of Sidy to the fate of a nation.