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Year of Production 2020

Yakari, a Spectacular Journey

English title: Yakari, a Spectacular Journey
Original title: Yakari – le film
German title: Yakari – Der Kinofilm
Germany, France, Belgium, 2020

Director: Giacometti, Xavier & Genkel, Toby
Production company: Dargaud Media, Wunderwerk, Belvision, France 3 Cinéma
Co-producers: Bac Films, Gao Shan Pictures
Age recommendation: 5 years and up
Length: 80 min.
Film genre: Animation

Synopsis:
With his tribe’s move to follow the migrating bison imminent, Yakari, the little Sioux boy, sets out on his own to follow the trail of Little Thunder, a wild mustang said to be untamable. On his journey, and alone for the first time in his life, Yakari is visited by Great Eagle, his totem animal. Great Eagle gives Yakari a magnificent feather as well as the incredible ability to speak to animals. Traveling far from home and deep into the territory of the terrible pumaskin clad hunters, Yakari and Little Thunder undertake a great adventure and find their way back home again. Their journey, through breath-taking but treacherous landscape, will forever seal the undying friendship between the bravest little Sioux boy and the pony who runs like the wind.

Comments:
There is a discussion about the way this films uses false stereotypes about the American First Nation People.

Marketing strategies:
Based on the graphic novels by Derib & Job

Festivals:
Schlingel CFF Chemnitz 2020, Just Film Tallinn 2020, FIFEM Montreal 2021, Stockholm Junior CFF 2021, Golden Sparrow CFF Gera/Erfurt 2021, Pula IFF 2021 (awarded)

Study guide: German

World sales address/es:
Bac (F)

Sold to:
Leonine (DE)