DIRECTION: Simon Coulibaly Gillard
SCRIPT: Simon Coulibaly Gillard
PRODUCTION: MICHIGAN FILMS, SÉBASTIEN ANDRES & ALICE LEMAIRE, KIDAM, FRANÇOIS-PIERRE CLAVEL & ALEXANDRE PERRIER
EDITING: MARIE-HÉLÈNE MORA, BERTRAND CONARD, Simon Coulibaly Gillard
SOUND: Simon Coulibaly Gillard
Aya lives with her mother on the island of Lahou. Happy and relaxed, she likes to pick coconuts and sleep on the sand. However, her paradise is destined to disappear under water. As the waves threaten her home, Aya must make an important decision, for she does not intend to leave her island.
Born in Bulgaria, Simon Gillard grew up in Brittany. After studying mechanical engineering, he did a U-turn and decided to live off his love for film. Throughout his master’s degree in film-directing at INSAS, Simon developed a strong relationship with the people and territories of West Africa where he lives and works part of the year. He made all his films there, alone with his cameras and microphones, accompanied by his assistant, Lassina Coulibaly.