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  • Cinekid Festival / 2022
    Audience Award Best Children's Film

  • Giffoni Film Festival / 2023
    Official Selection Elements + 10

  • New York Int'l Children's film Festival / 2023
    Winner Grand Jury Award


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. Join Ama on a journey of self-discovery as she learns to embrace her heritage and finds the strength to stand up for her family and culture.

Production Status Completed Original Title Totem Duration 93′ Genre Family Country of Origin Netherlands Production Year 2022 Language Spoken English, Dutch Director Sander Burger Script Writer Bastiaan Tichler, Sander Burger Cast Amani-Jean Philippe, Ole van Hoogdalem, Lies Visschedijk, Emmanuel Ohene Boafo Producer Denis Vaslin, Fleur Knopperts Production Company Volya Films Co-production Companies Tarantula (LU), Leitwolf (DE) Director of Photography Sal Kroonenberg Film Editor Manuel Rombley