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Burkina Faso

Sango Malo. (Cameroon | Burkina Faso, 1991)

Directed by Bassek ba Kobhio. A new high school teacher brings turmoil to a rural Cameroonian village when he introduces sex education and vocational training into the curriculum. He also starts agricultural and marketing cooperatives for villagers that the students work on as part of their education. In French with English subtitles. Based on the novel of the same name by Bassek Bo Kobhio. 93 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Sankara (Southseries).

Profiles Thomas Sankara, the late President of Burkina Faso, assassinated by troops loyal to Blaise Compaore, his second in command and life long friend. 1991. 20 min.
Related web sites:Description from First Run/Icarus catalog

Story if Ilene [Sound Recording]

The Story of Ilene examines the life experiences of a Burkinabe woman who was circumcised and the work of the National Commission to Combat Female Genital Mutilation established in Burkina Faso which is waging a campaign to have the practice banned. 1995. 32 min.

The Night of Truth (Burkina Faso, 2004)

Directed by Fanta Regina Nacro. Cast: Naky Sy Savane, Georgette Pare, Adama Ouedraogo, Rasmane Ouedrago, Moussa Cisse. In an unspecified country in Africa, after ten years of bloody war, the Nayaks, the President's ethnic group, and the Bonandes, rebels supporting Colonel Theo, come together to celebrate the peace agreement. But the reconciliation festivities are overshadowed by the terrible barbarities that have been committed on both sides. In French, Dioula and Moore languages with English subtitles. Non-US (PAL) format min.

The Soul Eaters

Examines the challenges facing women in Western Africa, who are held responsible for unexplained deaths in their communities, and are accused of engaging in witchcraft and sorcery. In Burkina Faso, a "soul eater" is typically a woman who is past child bearing age, someone who may not have children, or someone who exhibits behavior that is somehow 'socially unacceptable'. Driven from their villages, often with no place to go, these women are marginalized from society, and many are unable to ever return to their homes.

Thomas Sankara.

A film by Balufu Bakupa-Kanyinda. Captain Thomas Sankara was the leader of the Burkinabe Revolution. This film is a biographical profile of the revolutionary, the improvements he generated in his country and the new socio-political dimension he instituted in Burkina Faso. Dist.: ArtMattan Productions. 1991. 26 min.

Thomas Sankara: The Upright Man

A biography of Thomas Sankara, a charismatic army captain who became the first president of Burkina Faso after a popularly-supported coup. During his four years in office before being assassinated, he instituted a wide range of progressive social and economic reforms. A film by Robin Shuffield. 2006. 52 min.
Related web sites:Description from California Newsreel catalog

Tilai. (Switzerland | UK | France | Burkina Faso | Germany, 1990)

Directed by Idrissa Ouedraogo. Saga returns to his village to find that his fiancee Nogma is now his father's second wife. Still in love, they find each other again--which the village views as incest. His brother supposedly kills him, the villagers think he's dead, but Saga and Nogma escape and live happily--until Saga has to go back to the village because his mother is dying. In Mossi, with English subtitles. 81 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database
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To Be a Woman in Burkina Faso.

The lot of women in Burkina Faso is not any easy one. They work in the fields without adequate recompense and have the added work of child care, home care and cooking. Women working in the cities' factories are hardly better off. Polygamy is accepted and is considered a way of sharing the burdens of work. The future will be better only when women are better educated, have the same job opportunities as men and have their own reasonable source of income. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1992. 14 min.

Voices of the Orishas

This is an ethnographic documentary which demonstrates the survival and strength of the Yoruba cultural and religious heritage in the contemporary life of Caribbean African-Hispanics. The program was filmed in Havana among practicioners of Santeria, and documents a ritual ceremony that features dancing, singing, praying and drum beating, invoking the twenty-two Orishas, or deities of the Yoruba religion. 1993. 37 min.

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