Tall as the Baobab Tree poignantly depicts a family struggling to find its footing on the edge of the modern world fraught with tensions between tradition and modernity. Coumba and her little sister Debo are the first to leave their family’s remote African village, where meals are prepared over open fires and water is drawn from wells, to attend school in the bustling city. But when an accident suddenly threatens their family’s survival, their father decides to sell 11-year-old Debo into an arranged marriage. Torn between loyalty to her elders and her dreams for her and her sister’s future, Coumba hatches a secret plan to rescue her younger sister from a future she did not choose.
Itai Madamombe an advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General on global education, the protection of children from exploitation, gender equality and the empowerment of women will participate in a post screening discussion.
Date: Saturday, February 8, 12PM
Location: Held Auditorium, 304 Barnard Hall
Editor: Sofi Marshall
Cinematographer: Chris Collins
Executive Producer: Mala Bawer
Producer: Jeremy Teicher
Featuring: Alpha Dia, Cheikh Dia and Mboural Dia