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Burkina Faso

A Plague Upon the Land (Washington, D.C.: The World Bank, [1984]).

Discusses the source of river blindness or onchocerciasis in the Volta River Basin of West Africa. Describes symptoms, social and economic problems caused by the disease, and the measures being used to attempt to control it. 1984. 24 min.

An Uncommon Woman (Une femme pas comme les autres) (Burkina Faso, 2009)

Directed by Abdoulaye Dao. Cast: Georgette Pare, Serge Henry, Bakary Bamba, Augusta Palenfo. In this comedy set in Burkina Faso, Mina, the chairwoman and managing director of a big company, decides to have a second husband. It's a strange and courageous decision in an environment where polyandry is an unknown practice. But Mina has her reasons. As a faithful wife, she is disappointed by her unemployed husband's behavior when he starts flirting with Aicha, the neighbor's wife. 101 min.

Daresalam (Burkina Faso, Chad, France, 2000)

Directed by Issa Serge Coelo. This feature film focuses on two young men caught up in the Civil War in Chad. It begins in the 1970s with the story of Koni and Djimi as the central government invades their village and insists on buying the farmer's millet at below market and then browbeats the villagers into paying taxes to help fight the war. When they resist the government burns the village and massacres the inhabitants. Djimi, wounded, remains behind with the hard-liners, while Koni joins a faction which supports compromise with the government.

Femmes Aux Yeux Ouverts = Women with Open Eyes (Library of African Cinema).

Profiles contemporary African women in four West African countries: Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal and Benin. We meet a woman active in the movement against female genital mutilation, a health care worker educating women about sexually transmitted diseases, and businesswomen who describe how they have set up an association to share expertise and provide mutual assistance. 1994. 52 min.
web web sites:Description from California Newsreel catalog

Hado (South series).

Hado Gorgo Leontine is a 60 year old grandmother and farmer in Burkina Faso and the leader of a 22 piece touring orchestra that travels the country performing traditional songs a well as her own compositions. 1991. 13 min.
web web sites:Description from First Run/Icarus catalogPhotograph from this video

Haramuya (Burkina Faso / France, 1995)

Directed by Drissa Toure. Through Fousseini, a muslim firmly attached to his faith and traditions, this film draws a picture of Ouagadougou in the traps of modernism and traditionalism. Foussei tries to take care of his family according to the old precepts and the code of honor inherited from his ancestors. One of his sons is a cinema projectionist and supports all the family against the will of his wife, while the other son idles around all day, looking for girlfriends. In French with English subtitles. 87 min.

Keita!: L'heritage du Groit. (France | Burkina Faso, 1994)

Director: Dani Kouyate. Based on one of the most important works of African oral literature, the Sundjata epic. When a djeliba, a master griot or bard, arrives mysteriously at the home of Mabo Keita to teach him "the meaning of his name," the boy and griot are inevitably brought into conflict with his Westernized mother and schoolteacher, who have rejected African tradition. The griot reveals to Mabo the story of his distant ancestor, Sundjata Keita, the 13th century founder of the great Malian trading empire. In Jula and French with English subtitles. 1994. 94 min.

Kounandi (Burkina Faso, 2003)

Directed by Apolline Traore. Cast: Deborah Coty, Noufou Ouedraogo, Aminata Dao, Kamsa Traore, Korotimi Traore, Adama Kone. In this adult fairy tale Kounandi, a young beauty often scorned and overlooked because of her dwarfism, earns her living and finds village favor making delicious cup cakes. Kounandi falls in love with Karim only to discover that he is married to Awa who is dying. Kounandi mystically sacrifices her lifeforce (and cup cake pan) as a gift to the couple. In Jula with English subtitles. 50 min.

Rabi(Developing Stories).

A modern day fable using traditional African story-telling techniques about a young boy in Burkina Faso who acquires a pet tortoise which speaks to him so eloquently about his abuse that the boy eventually sets it free. This African parable seeks to highlight humanity's dislocated relationship with the natural world. 1992. 60 min.
web web sites:Description from Bullfrog Films catalog

Red Hat, Where Are You Going?

An analysis of the socio-political position of traditional chiefs in Burkina Faso, this documentary examines the role of Mossi chiefs in the West African nation. Using interviews with chiefs and their critics, and archival footage, the film looks at how the chiefs have navigated political change, and at how they interact with both the government and people today. 2000. 47 min.
web web sites:Description from First Run/Icarus catalog

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