In West Africa during the late 17th century, King Adanggaman leads a war against his neighboring tribes, ordering his soldiers to torch enemy villages, kill the elderly and capture the healthy tribesmen to sell to the European slave traders. When his village falls prey to one of Adanggaman’s attacks, Ossei manages to escape, but his family is murdered except for his captured mother. Chasing after the soldiers in an effort to free her, Ossei is befriended by a fierce warrior named Naka.
Roger Gnoan M’Bala was born in 1941 in Grand Bassam (Côte d’Ivoire). He studied at the Conservatoire for independent French film, followed by studies in Sweden. From 1968 to 1978 he worked as assistant director and producer at Radio broadcast television Ivory Coast, where he produced and wrote several variety shows and sports programmes. In 1972, his short film won the Tanit d’Amani money Carthage Film Festival. In 1984, he directed his first feature film, Ablakon. But it is was with the film “the Name of Christ (1993)” which established his reputation. The film won the youth festival in Locarno (Switzerland) and the Grand Prix “Yennenga” FESPACO. M’Bala then followed up with another hugely successful film, Adanggaman about the slave trade in Africa. —Africulture (translated)