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by Cheikh N'Diaye


Seventeen-year-old Nalla comes from a well-to-do family in Dakar, Senegal. One evening, a group of rowdies attacks him. The auto mechanic André happens to witness the incident and comes to Nalla’s aid. Against his parents’ will, Nalla takes on an important function in the opening match of the new season. Sory is twenty-five and suffers from epileptic attacks. He is unemployed and survives as a petty crook. In a desperate situation, he joins a group of criminals who earn money by selling black-market tickets in front of the wrestling arena and by betting. Sory thus encounters the Mafia-run side of wrestling.

international title: Wrestling Grounds
original title: L' Appel des arenes
country: France, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Morocco
sales agent: Sirabadral
year: 2005
genre: fiction
directed by: Cheikh N'Diaye
film run: 105'
screenplay: Cheikh N'Diaye
cast: Aziz N'Diaye, Ibrahima Mbaye, Tapha Gueye, Mohamed Ndaoa Gueye
cinematography by: Nasr Djépa
film editing: Sylvie Adnin
art director: Moustapha N'Diaye
costumes designer: Mame Fagueye
producer: Cheikh N'Diaye
production: Sirabadral (FR), Direction de la Cinématographie nationale (BF)
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