In 2007 Mali, an honest prantiké (bus driver), Ladji, is disheartened by his lack of prospects in the driving business and breaks into drug trafficking. In this new criminal world in which Al-Qaeda drug lords reign, life is expendable. The protagonist quickly ascends in wealth and status at the expense of life as he once knew it. While others benefit from his sacrifices, the ghosts of his past come to haunt him. Cinematically, Wùlu offers a Malian aesthetic, beautiful in its realness. Politically, the film reveals the sinister undercurrents that led up to Mali’s devastating 2012 coup d’état unraveling. Check out the trailer below and get showtimes for Wùlu, too.

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