The most remarkable thing about the Ivorian Inza Touré is that there is nothing seemingly remarkable about him. In turn, the extraordinary thing about how Joël Akafou films him lies in his ability to present Touré not as a mere vague example of a condition (the African immigrant in Europe). The filmmaker’s secret (not coincidentally, also an African migrant in Europe) results from his focus on the banality of the slices of love, longing, or uncertainty for the future, all of which reveal the unique dimension of each individual: the human being as continuously extraordinary. (E. V)
Born the 20th of November 1986 in Bwake, Côte d’Ivoire, Joël Akafou has directed some short films both documentary and fiction films as part of his academic studies. The last one, Nourah, was selected in many film festivals such as African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) in Nigeria, FESTICAB in Burundi, and FESTILAG in Abidjan. His first professional documentary film Vivre Riche was awarded with the Sesterce d'Or Georges to the Best Mid-Length Film.