The coming-of-age story of Aya, a girl from the island of Lahou who lives with her mother near a sea that keeps rising and eats away at her land.
On the island of Lahou in the Ivory Coast, Aya and her mother are victims of global warming caused by the northern countries. The sea level is slowly rising, pushing the island's inhabitants out of their land. All that remains on the island is a village, a few fishing boats and a cemetery, doomed to disappear under water. A universal story with a magnetic and spirited protagonist, Aya's coming-of-age story and her first love are filmed with unforgettable beauty. A hybrid between reality and fiction that condemns the effects of climate change.
Simon Coulibaly Gillard's firts feature film, convinces with Aya's contagious vitality and the beauty of the image and the ocean wind. An ocean as versatile as it's loquacious, which seems to murmur in the ear of its inhabitants. A demiurge ocean, which is responsible for rewriting its destiny. A formal beauty, when we know that the film was shot with a very small team, something we never guessed on the screen.— Aurore Engelen, Cineuropa