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Local pic wins Ivory Coast B.O.

Slum pix breaks records

JOHANNESBURG — “Bronx Barbes,” a grim portrayal of violence in the slums of Abidjan, Ivory Coast’s main city, is attracting record auds in the West African country.

In just two weeks, the film has smashed 5-year-old box office records, with a single print drawing 4,045 viewers, against figures of 304, 236 and 289 for three American movies running concurrently.

Director Eliane Delatour, a French national, attributed the film’s popularity to the fact that “people want to know what goes on in the ghettos.”

In the film, the hero kills and robs to escape the ghetto for the West.

About 30% of Ivory Coast’s population live in poverty. Violence has become a part of daily life in a country once a haven of peace and prosperity in West Africa.

The success of the movie has prompted exhibitors to double the planned one-month run.

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