• Mediterranea
Genre : Drama
Type : Fiction
Original title : A Chjana [Working Title]
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2015
Format : Feature
Running time : 107 (in minutes)

Ayiva, a 28-year old man from Burkina Faso seeks a better life in Europe, so he can provide for his wife and daughter back home. Along with his best friend and brother-in-law Abas, they go on a harrowing journey across the Sahara, where they are beaten, arrested, robbed, and forced to work menial jobs to earn money for their crossing. Then, Ayiva captains an overcrowded boat across the Mediterranean, and when a storm hits, many of the passengers drown.

A film by Jonas Carpignano

Director & Writer: Jonas Carpignano

Italy / France / USA / Germany, 2015, Drama, 1hr47

starring Koudous Seihon, Alassane Sy

Feature film debut

Production : MEDITERRANEA FILM, Jonas Carpignano, Jon Coplon, Gwyn Sannia, Jason Michael Berman, Chris Columbus, Christoph Daniel, Andrew Kortschak, John Lesher, Ryan Lough, Justin Nappi, Alain Peyrollaz, Marc Schmidheiny, Victor Shapiro, Ryan

2015 | 68th Cannes Filmfest, France
* Selection - 54th Critics' Week.
* Première mondiale / World Premiere


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  • Arterial network
  • Media, Sports and Entertainment Group (MSE)
  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
  • Afrilivres

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