In Kouroussa, the village where he was born, between Madou, his father and king of mechanics, Kouda, his gentle mother, and his gang of friends, Baba learns about life, in harmony with the world around him. However, Baba is old enough to leave for the capital to continue his studies. He crosses the whole of Guinea to stay with his uncle Moussa in Conakry. He discovers a new, "modern" life in the capital.
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"Camara Laye wrote "The Black Child" in 1953. In freely adapting his novel, I aimed to integrate the reality of a child in today's Africa. By uprooting him from his traditional village, I hoped to capture his emotions on discovering the big city. I found the child by pure chance : I was looking for a face to express the blues of being uprooted, the sorrow of exile. One evening, I saw Baba step into my hut by the light of the petrol lamp. And I knew he was the one. I fixed time for him to come back for a screen test but he never turned p. He didn't give a damn about cinema. That was a good sign for me too. The only message in the film is that one should take an interest in other cultures and civilizations. That's more topical than ever..."