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by Maïmouna Doucouré


A 15-year-old girl with a beautiful blond afro, Coke-bottle glasses, and an innate disregard for social niceties, Hawa (Sania Halifa) is not your typical Parisian teen. Maminata (famed Malian singer Oumou Sangaré), her beloved grandmother and sole guardian, is terminally ill, hasn’t long to live, and has yet to secure a new family for her granddaughter. Luckily, Hawa has come up with a perfect solution to their problem. Michelle Obama is visiting Paris and has stated publicly that she misses her daughters, who are now adults and have moved out. Clearly, Obama should adopt Hawa. Hawa simply needs to let her know.

international title: Hawa
original title: Hawa
country: France
year: 2022
genre: fiction
directed by: Maïmouna Doucouré
film run: 104'
screenplay: Maïmouna Doucouré, Alain-Michel Blanc, Zangro, David Elkaïm
cast: Sania Halifa, Oumou Sangare, Titouan Gerbier, Jérôme Pouly, YSEULT, Thomas Pesquet
cinematography by: Antoine Sanier
film editing: Nicolas Desmaison
art director: Julie Wassef
costumes designer: Aniqa Zaheen
music: Erwann Chandon, NIKO NOKI
producer: Zangro
production: Bien ou Bien Productions, Amazon Prime Video (US)

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