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by Philippe Godeau


Yao, a young boy who loves books and dreams of adventure, runs away from his village in northern Senegal- 240 miles to Dakar to meet his hero, a renowned French actor visiting his native country. Moved by the boy’s dedication, the actor decides to accompany him back home. But on the byways of Senegal, nothing ever happens as expected. And as they share the dusty, adventure-filled journey to Yao's village, the actor realizes he is also traveling towards his own roots...

original title: Yao
working title: Racine
country: France, Senegal
sales agent: Wild Bunch International
year: 2019
genre: fiction
directed by: Philippe Godeau
film run: 103'
release date: FR 23/01/2019, CH 23/01/2019, BE 20/03/2019, IT 4/04/2019, SE 17/05/2019, ES 6/09/2019
screenplay: Agnès De Sacy, Philippe Godeau, Kossi Effoui
cast: Omar Sy, Lionel Basse, Fatoumata Diawara, Germaine Acogny, Alibeta Gourvenec, Gwendolyn Gourvenec, Maxime D'Aboville, Aristote Laios
cinematography by: Jean-Marc Fabre
film editing: Hervé de Luze
music: Matthieu Chedid
producer: Philippe Godeau, Omar Sy
co-producer: Nathalie Gastaldo Godeau
executive producer: Jean-Yves Asselin
production: Pan-Européenne Production, Korokoro, France 2 Cinéma
distributor: Pathé Distribution, Filmcoopi, Cinéart, CINEMA, Diamond Films, Njutafilms, Another World Entertainment Norway A/S
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