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Watch Another Clip From Film Adaptation Of Ivorian Graphic Novel 'Aya de Yopougon'

by Emmanuel Akitobi
July 9, 2013 1:21 PM
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The highly anticipated film adaptation of Ivory Coast-born/France-based author Marguerite Abouet's popular graphic novel series, Aya de Yopougon (Aya of Yop City) will open in France on July 17.


Abouet's Aya de Yopougon series, which is illustrated by her husband, Clement Oubrerie, is a global phenomenon that has been translated into numerous languages around the world.  The film's premise is as follows:

"Welcome to Yopougon, a working-class neighborhood of Abidjan in the late 70s, renamed Yop City – to sound like an American movie! This is home to Aya and her two friends, Adjoua and Bintou. The're 19-years-old, a time in your life when everything seems possible. But while Aya would like to become a doctor one day, her friends are more into nightclubbing at the local "maquis" and hunting for a husband. Around this dynamic trio, we cross characters with diverse destinies like Ignace, Aya's runaround father who juggles several "offices", and Moussa, the son of the powerful Bonaventure Sissoko who counts on his Toyota to pick up girls. There's also Fanta and Koro, the mothers who try to protect their daughters. Or Grégoire, the "Parisian" who blows his cash at the famous hotel Ivoire. A true chorale comedy, Aya of Yop City is a chronicle of an unexpected Africa, modern and urban."

The film, which will be released by UGC Distribution, features the voice work of Senegalese star Aissa Maiga, amongst others. Needless to say, her involvement alone is enough to make this a must-see for me.

There's no word on whether we'll get a release here in the U.S., but Aya de Yopougon is definitely one to look out for if it comes to your city or gets a DVD release.

You've seen the first trailer, not watch the newly-released clip below, which, unfortunately, isn't subtitled in English either. The poster follows as well:

Aya de Yopougon - Extrait 2 : Ambiancez-vous au... by UGCDistribution

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  • JaySmack | July 13, 2013 9:10 AMReply

    Why are all the black people so damned light-skinned. Boondocks started this stupid idea that black is beige. I'll pass thank you very much.

  • JJ | September 6, 2013 12:27 AM

    I'm in Abidjan, and everyone here is brown. The character in the red dress looks like she bleaches her skin -- a major problem here...

  • Micah | July 9, 2013 4:22 PMReply

    SUBTITLES!!! It's animation so I'd even settle for it being dubbed.

  • Micah | July 9, 2013 4:24 PM

    That being said, it looks fun.

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