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'Aya of Yop City' screens for free tonight in Tompkins Square Park via Films on the Green

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The 2019 Films on the Green series — focusing this year on female directors in French and Francophone cinema — returns to Tompkins Square Park tonight for a free screening.

The selection is “Aya of Yop City,” an animated film (based on the graphic novel) from 2013 directed by Marguerite Abouet and Clément Oubrerie. It was nominated for the Best Animated Feature Film at the 39th César Awards.

The synopsis!

In warm Ivory Coast’s working-class district of Abidjan or Yop City, the 19-year-old aspiring doctor, Aya, dreams of finishing her studies despite her father’s opposition. But, Aya lives in a poor West African township during the 1970s, where getting married to a rich man and starting a family is every girl’s aspiration — at least, that’s what Aya’s best friends, Bintou and Adjoua, are hoping for. Under Yopougon’s bright sun, three girls, three different destinies and three parallel lives intertwine, as life keeps going.

And the trailer…

The film will start at dusk (give or take a few minutes). There was a nice turnout for last week’s screening of “Tomboy” in the Park…





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