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Sidi Kaba and the Gateway Home
Sidi Kaba et la Porte du Retour
Sheltered in the belly of a whale, here is the young Sidi Kaba starting this incredible adventure where the fate of his brother and the slaves of the Sugar Island depend on a Homeric Battle between Brown Resisters, the Slavers and the forgotten Gods.
In a village on the west coast of Africa, the young Sidi Kaba lives peacefully with his family, protected from the men of the sea. Tonight, the whole village is celebrating. The young initiates have chosen their animal spirits. Sidi admires his older brother Azou, whose shadow of a panther is visible on the ancestral rock. He too dreams of finding his spirit animal. In fact, he is planning with his friends Abdou and the twins on going on a trip to the forbidden forest early the next morning. But the men of the sea led by Captain Sacabas exploit his innocence to follow him and ransack his village. Sidi watches his brother entering the Door of No Return, forcibly embarked on board of Sacabas’ ship. Sidi soars into the Ocean, but a tidal wave takes him. Mamy Wata the Goddess comes to his rescue and offers to help him find his brother. In return, Sidi has to rehabilitate her to his people. Sheltered in the belly of a whale, here is Sidi Kaba, starting this incredible adventure!
For three centuries, fourteen million people were taken away from their homeland and transported in ship’s holds, like animals. Africa was bled of its people to provide the manpower to feed the great Western civilizations. Their sacrifice has shaped the world in which we live today. Sidi Kaba and the Gateway Home is my way of honouring our common ancestors regardless of our physical, social or moral differences. I instantly fell in love with the story Jerome Piot had written; its origins and intentions felt so genuine. I agreed to support him in the realization of this magnificent project because it also offered me the opportunity to reconnect with my ancestry. Sidi Kaba is a positive and unifying film. Its ambition is to plunge children into an epic adventure set against the backdrop of the slave trade.
Graduated from the Gobelins in 2009, Rony Hotin co-directed The Lighthouse Keeper (Cristal for the best Graduation movie, – Annecy 2010. He made his first steps into the professional world as the graphic author for Disney Bibles. In 2012, He had an Audi Talent Award for the Vagabond of Saint Marcel, a short movie. In 2014, he joined the School of Les Ateliers de Sèvres as a teacher, then worked as a storyboarder on Le Petit Prince by Mark Osborne (César of the Best animated movie in 2015), and Sahara by Pierre Coré (nominated for the best animated movie in 2018). From 2015 to 2017, he directed the comics MOMO, written by Jonathan Garnier and edited by Casterman, which on received La Pépite for the Best comic book for youth in the “Salon du Livre et de la presse jeunesse”. Back to animation he works on feature film projects, short film and video music projects, as a graphic author or consultant for studios such as Cartoon Network.
After a degree in Modern Literature obtained in 2008 at the Sorbonne Nouvelle, Sebastien Onomo joined INA (National Audiovisual Institute) where he graduated as a Master degree in audiovisual and digital production in 2010. It was at this time that he met Serge Lalou, producer and also the academic advisor of the Master in audiovisual production of INA and the latter asked him to join Les Films d’Ici as a producer. What he will, after a six month experience with the Belgian company Entre Chien et Loup (Diana Elbaum and Sébastien Delloye), he joined Les Films d’Ici in the goal to develop and produce feature films, and continue to produce TV documentaries.In 2015 he participated in the creation of the company Special Touch Studios, with Olivier Laouchez. With its experiences in the audiovisual and digital production, Sébastien brings its expertise to
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Production companySpecial Touch Studios