Directed by Marguerite Abouet and Clément Oubrerie • 2013 • France
Starring Aïssa Maïga, Tella Kpomahou, Tatiana Rojo
Set against the backdrop of Côte d’Ivoire in the 1970s, AYA OF YOP CITY is a spirited and hilarious adaptation of the best-selling series of graphic novels by codirector Marguerite Abouet. Aya is nineteen and dreams of becoming a doctor. Her two best friends, Adjoua and Bintou, follow “Plan C”: combs, clothes and chasing men. But big trouble comes to town when Adjoua realizes she’s pregnant, and the father is the spoiled son of one of the richest and most feared men in the whole country. In a city where everyone knows everyone, how can they possibly keep this baby under wraps? Eye-catchingly colorful animation and an eclectic vintage soundtrack capture the spirit of a unique time and place.