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The Traditional African Father in America? Watch the Trailer for “Papa” by Ivorian Filmmaker Bambadjan Bamba



As Africans, we struggle to hold on to what we call the traditional even as the strong tides of modernization threaten to sweep us away. Often times this may be good and at other times, it may be really bad!

Ivorian film maker Bamba Bambadjan‘s short film “Papa” showcases the little nuances of living in America with deeply entrenched African cultural beliefs.

“Papa” is a coming of age drama based on real events. Papa (Souleymane Sy Savane) is a unwavering African father who runs his household with an iron fist; while Pepe (Matthew Elam) his youngest rebellious son forces him to either reconsider his ways or risk losing his entire family. In a time where Africans are continually infused in different cultures around the globe, PAPA tells a story of a family struggle to co-exist between tow cultures, exploring the family dynamics with immigrant families that are faced with the harsh reality of adopting to a new culture and social norms. It’s a lesson for today’s family on how to understand the rebellion/redemption of the parent/child relationship that we believe would be an interest to your readers.

The film will be screening at the HollyShort Film Festival in Los Angeles at the TLC Chinese Theater.

Watch the trailer here


  1. dlapikin

    August 16, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    You go Bamba!

  2. toyin olaleye

    August 16, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    very nice!

  3. Zlatana Wikowksa

    August 16, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    njc jcbujcbsck

  4. uh-huh

    August 16, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    they whoop ur butt and u ran away from home? a real African family…”u better not come back!!!!”

    • Lily

      August 18, 2013 at 12:33 am

      Break out laughter,dat was funny


    August 16, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    Great short film! Watched it at the Pan African Film Festival this year. Way to go Bamba!

  6. Ivostar

    August 18, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Thanks for sharing. Lets connect on….

  7. Flow

    August 19, 2013 at 5:30 am

    Very nice!!!!!! Makes allot of sense


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