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Biography of Adama DRABO

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Adama Drabo (born 1948 in Bamako, Mali) is a Malian filmmaker and playwright.


Adama Drabo showed an interest in film since his childhood in the Malian capital of Bamako. His career in film began as a hobby - for ten years, he was a schoolteacher in a Malian village, and in his spare time he painted and wrote plays.
In 1979, he joined the Centre national de production cinématographique (CNPC). There, he worked with director Cheick Oumar Sissoko as an assistant director on the 1986 film Nyamanton and the 1989 film Finzan.
In 1988, he produced a short film, Nieba, la journée d'une paysanne.
In 1991, he produced his first full-length film, Ta Dona (Au feu!), which was nominated for the Gold Lion prize at the Festival international du film de Locarno, and featured at Fespaco.
In 1997, he produced Taafé Fanga, which tells the story of a Dogon woman who finds a magical mask and uses its powers to reverse gender roles in her village. This film was featured in film festivals worldwide, including at Cannes, Tokyo, Namur, and Ouagadougou.

Filmography:


Nieba, la journée d'une paysanne (Nieba, the Day of a Peasant Woman) (1988)
Ta Dona (Au feu!) (1991)
Taafé Fanga (1997)
Bibliography

Adama Drabo has written many plays, including:
Massa (1972)
Le Trésor de l'Askia (the Treasure of Askia) (1977)
L'Eau de Dieu tombera (the Water of God will fall) (1982)
Pouvoir de Pagne (1983)

Last update : 08/27/2007


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