In a rural African village poised at the outer edge of the modern world, Coumba and her little sister Debo are the first in their family to go to school. But when their brother falls from a tree and breaks his leg the unaffordable medical bill threatens the family’s survival and their father decides to sell 11-year old Debo into an arranged marriage. Torn between loyalty to her elders and her dreams for the future, Coumba hatches a secret plan to rescue her young sister from a fate she did not choose. A powerful voice from Africa’s young generation, Tall as the Baobab Tree poignantly depicts a family struggling to find its footing at the outer edge of the modern world.

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  • Rating:8+ IFF
  • Country:Senegal
  • Year:2012
  • Duration:82 minutes
  • Language:Pular with subtitles
  • Director:Jeremy Teicher
  • Starring:Dior Kâ, Oumoul Kâ, Cheikh Dia, Mouhamed Diallo, Mboural Dia
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  • With thanks to Visit Films