Girls Like Us (Des Filles Comme Nous) 2019, 14:06 : A narrative short film shot entirely on location in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire.

Asna wants to be a great woman like her hero Michelle Obama. When her parents force her to quit school and work in a market, she runs away to live with her best friend Grace and try her luck in Abidjan, the big city. Asna searches for a job to pay her tuition but finds nothing. Grace offers to hook her up as a “bizi", a girl who exchanges sex for money — one date could pay Asna more than she would earn in a month. Asna must choose whether to compromise herself or sacrifice her dream of continuing her education and improving her future.

Written, directed, and produced by James Kendi.
Photographed by Zachary Rockwood.
Original score by Asna Aidara & Tupaï.
Edited by Daniel Fetherston.
French Translation by William Kangah.