About Totem

Ama is a determined young swimmer who, alongside her best friend Thijs, works tirelessly to prepare for their upcoming championships. Despite being raised by Senegalese parents in the Netherlands, Ama identifies as Dutch and doesn’t think much about her heritage. However, when her family is suddenly faced with deportation, Ama finds comfort in the fantastical stories her mother tells her about their homeland, and the magical porcupine that serves as her family’s totem animal. [93 min; family; English and Dutch with English subtitles]

Audience Award Best Children's Film — Cinekid Festival 2022

Winner Grand Jury Award Live Action Feature — New York International Children's Film Festival 2023

Official Selection — Giffoni Film Festival (2023), Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival (2023), Luxembourg City Film Festival (2023)

Any film screened at IU Cinema may contain content that viewers find sensitive or upsetting. Visit our Audience Advisories page to learn more.

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