It’s October, near the end of the rainy season in Fouta, an isolated region up-north in Senegal. Astel (13) accompanies her father in the bush every day. Together, they look after their herd of cows. But one day, in the middle of the desert, the meeting between the young girl and a shepherd disrupts the peaceful daily life between Astel and her father.

*Piedmontese premiere


by Ramata-Toulaye Sy,

France, Senegal 2021,



After completing a Master’s degree in Performing Arts with a specialization in Cinema and a Master’s degree in Screenwriting, Ramata-Toulaye Sy attended the Equal Opportunity Workshops at La Fémis in 2009-2010, officially entering the school in 2011.

French-Senegalese, Ramata-Toulaye currently works between Dakar and Paris. In 2020, she directed her first short film, Astel, supported by the French CNC, Canal+ International, France 3 and the FOPICA in Senegal. Banel & Adama, her first feature film, is currently in pre-production.

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