Wallay (Burkina Faso: 2017)


Bernie Goldblat

Cast list

Makan Nathan Diarra:    Ady

Ibrahim Koma:                   Jean

Hamadoun Kassogué:      Amadou

Mounira Kankolé:             Yéli

Joséphine Kaboré:             Mame


Producers: Faissol Gnonlonfin (executive producer), Antoine Delahousse (executive producer), Nicolas Anthomé (producer)

Cinematography: Martin Rit

Music: Vincent Segal

Film Editing: Laurent Sénéchal

Production Management: Paul Sergent and Courtnet Geraghty

Makeup Department: Maëla Gervais

Screenwriter: David Bouchet


Wallay is about a young boy in France who rebels against his father, and his father sends him to Burkina Faso to live with his uncle. The main character, Ady, is expected to learn how to be a man, and follow the customs of Burkina Faso. But, Ady is ingrained in Western culture which causes issues between him and his family in Africa.


Mintzer, Jordan. “'Wallay': Film Review.” The Hollywood Reporter, 18 July 2017, (blogpost)


Rwakatungu, Sharon. “Interview: Berni Goldblat, Director of ‘Wallay.’” Cinema Escapist, 13 Sept. 2018, (interview)

Barlet, Olivier. “Section Five: Fespaco 2017: A Discredited Festival.” Black Camera 9.1 (2017): 312-313


Wane, Fatimata. FESPACO – At Fespaco, ‘Wallay’, Initiatory Journey And Return To The Sources Of A Franco-Burkinabe Teenager. SyndiGate Media Inc., Paris, 2017 . ProQuest.

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