Of Senegalese background, Ramata-Toulaye Sy was born and raised in Paris. She joined the screenwriting department of La Fémis in 2011, from which she graduated in 2015. Sy has worked as a screenwriter on films including Çağla Zencirci and Guillaume Giovanetti’s Sibel (2018) and Atiq Rahimi’s Our Lady of the Nile (2019) . In 2020, Sy directed her first short film, Astel, which was selected for more than eighty festivals and pre-selected for the 2023 César Awards. Banel & Adama is her first feature film.