Critically acclaimed graphic novel meets vibrant animated feature with French-Ivorian author/director Marguerite Abouet’s César-nominated film Aya of Yop City, a humorous and intriguing film set in 1970’s Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The animated picture has earned worldwide praise for its representation of relevant social and political topics in West Africa. Published in 2005 as a graphic novel, Aya in Yop City smoothly transitioned into animated film in 2013 and is presented as a succession of episodes or vignettes.
In conjunction with November Second Sunday at the High Museum of Art, France-Atlanta presents a free screening of Aya in Yop City (with English subtitles), allowing attendees to experience daily life in Côte d’Ivoire through Aya’s eyes. Peppered with humor and drama, the film also features a catchy soundtrack, mixing West African genres with French pop. Aya in Yop City is entertaining and informative for mature audiences as it shows the relatable daily life of a young woman from Abidjan.
Presented as part of the High Museum of Art’s “MAKING AFRICA” exhibition.
When: November 12, 2017 |
Where: High Museum of Art, Hill Auditorium (1280 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309)
Born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Marguerite Abouet moved to Paris, where she currently resides, at the age of 12. She is the author of the graphic novel series Aya of Yop City. As a screenwriter, Abouet has provided the scripts for television and film, including the film adaptation of her graphic novels and the Dakar-based series C’est la vie for TV5 Afrique. Additionally, she is the founder “Livres pour tous” (“Books for all”), an organization dedicated to making books more accessible to children across Africa through the creation of neighborhood libraries.