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23/03/2017 19:09 GMT | Updated 23/03/2017 20:59 GMT

'Girlhood' Star Plays A 19th-Century Black Equestrian In New Movie

Karidja Touré will play Selika Lazevski, who is reimagined as an African princess.

French actress Karidja Touré may have first caught your attention in 2015 after the U.S. release of the coming-of-age drama “Girlhood.” Now, she’s back for another coming-of-age movie, but this time she’ll be depicting the life of equestrian Selika Lazevski.

“The Adventures of Selika” is a short film based on the 19th-century equestrian, whom the film’s writer Sybil H. Mair reimagines as an African princess forced to leave her home and find her place in the world. 

The movie comes three years after the Cannes Film Festival premiere of “Girlhood,” which earned Touré a nomination for a Cesar Award ― comparable to an Academy Award ― for Most Promising Actress. 

Touré’s new role is starkly different from her turn as a lost 16-year-old who befriends a rebellious group of girls to gain a sense of identity in “Girlhood.” 

“The Adventures of Selika,” which also stars Jennifer Daley and Luke Elliot, is slated to premiere on April 16, but the platform on which the movie will appear has yet to be publicized, according Shadow and Act. You can check out images from the film on their website

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