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Contemporary magic-realist youth film in which the 11-year-old daughter of rejected Senegalese asylum seekers in Rotterdam has to find her father. She gets unexpected help from her totem animal: a giant porcupine.
Ama, the eleven-year-old daughter of two Senegalese asylum seekers who have exhausted all legal remedies, feels one hundred percent Dutch. She likes to swim and wants to become as good as Dutch champion Ranomi Kromowidjojo. When her mother and brother are arrested, Ama has to look for her father in Rotterdam. On this thrilling pursuit, while Ama has to avoid the police, her totem animal becomes her guide: a giant porcupine. In adventurous ways, this magic-realist, politically charged family film demonstrates how not every child in the Netherlands has a self-evident place.

Title: Totem
Year: 2022
Duration : 1 hour, 37 minutes
Category: Feature fiction film
Edition: NFF 2023

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