A still from the film, 'Banel & Adama' of two people, sitting back to back, with the sunlight peeking through their silhouette.

Ramata-Toulaye Sy’s Banel & Adama is the only first-time feature competing for this year’s Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

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With ‘Banel & Adama,’ Ramata-Toulaye Sy Takes Her Place Among Cannes’ Top Names

The French Senegalese filmmaker is the only director at this year’s Cannes Film Festival to be competing for the fest’s main prize with her debut film. We take a closer look at the film and the story she’s telling.