Burkina Faso

La Sirène De Faso Fani

Since the textile factory Faso Fani in Koudougou, the third-largest city in Burkina Faso, was shut down in 2011, it has been left to rot. Michel Zongo grew up in Koudougou and in his impressive documentary film he visits former employees. Through their eyes and voices the movie tells the tragic tale of globalisation. However, Zongo does not focus on the demise of the town, but portrays an African resistance against the madness of globalisation.

OBV/F/D/KAT 2015
Regie: Michel K. Zongo
89 min, Colour, DCP, Original with English subtitles
In Cooperation with Caritas Tirol
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17th century, West Africa: King and tyrant Adanggaman burns the neighboring village of young Ossei. Many are killed, others are taken prisoner. Searching for his missing mother, Ossei is also being captured and finds himself among the many men, women and children in chains, humiliated and beaten. Adanggaman is filled with joy at the results of his manhunt – it is evident, that his kingdom has not escaped the hands of European slave traders by accident … The scenes of Africans marching in chains and stocks, monitored by other Africans, are a shock and linger in mind for days afterward. read more


BAYIRI – LA PATRIE shows the life of people who once had to leave Burkina Faso and tried to start a new life in Côte d’Ivoire. When civil war starts in Côte d’Ivoire in 2002, the Burkinese have to flee again. They are brought to the refugee camp Operation Bayiri in Burkina Faso, where particularly the women have to endure hunger, violence and arbitrariness by rebels and policemen. Biba, a strong young woman also has to stay in Bayiri. Despite her unwanted pregnancy due to rape commited by a rebel boss she tries her best to provide for her friends and herself. Zodo, a tug, helps her as good as he can. read more


In an early 19th century African village, Wend Kuuni, a young man, lives with his adopted family after his mother was killed as a witch. When Pughneere – his adopted sister – becomes ill, the villagers suspect Wend Kuuni. In order to save Pughneere’s life (and his own) he must set out on a journey to find a healer. His quest brings him in contact with people around him and is a journey of self-discovery.

Burkina Faso 1997
Regie: Gaston Kaboré
97 min, 35 mm, Farbe, OF mit dt. UT
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DELWENDE (Lève-toi et marche)

The small village of Saaba in Burkina Faso is struck by misfortune. Every day children die inexplicably. The elders evoke a curse and decide to wear the Siongho to discover the evildoer. Meanwhile, Pugbila, a pretty young girl, confesses to her mother, Napoko, that she has been raped, but refuses to designate the culprit. During the ceremony the spirits of the departed point out Napoko, and she is banished from the village.

Burkina Faso/France/Switzerland 2005
Regie: S. Pierre Yaméogo
90 min, 35 mm, Farbe, OF mit dt. UT
Festivals: Rotterdam 06, Fribourg 06; In Anwesenheit von S. Pierre Yaméogo; In Kooperation mit CARITAS
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Zanga is driven away from his village on the Niger River as a boy because he was born out of wedlock. After living in the city for a long time and studying there, he returns to his village, now an adult. His return triggers a series of conflicts.

Mali/F/CND/Burkina Faso/D 2007
Regie: Salif Traoré
96 min, 35mm, Farbe, OF mit dt. UT
Berlinale 2007, In Kooperation mit Caritas, Welthaus und Goethe-Institut

LA NUIT DE LA VÉRITÉ (The Night of the Truth)

The story is situated in an imaginary West African country. After ten years of civil war between the government army of the Nayak, led by “Le président”, and the Bonande rebels led by Colonel Théo, there is some sign of peace negotiations. But not everyone is in favour of peace and one can feel the tension. The film starts with a festive dinner, but the village idiot Tomoto always seems capable of ruining the attempts for peace with violence and provocation.

Burkina Faso/France 2004
Regie: Fanta Régina Nacro
100 min, 35 mm, Farbe, OF mit engl. UT
Festival: Fribourg 05 (Grand Prix du Festival); In Kooperation mit Südwind Tirol; Fanta Régina Nacro war Gast beim
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Tidiane, der ein Jurastudium abgeschlossen hat, ist Vater zweier Kinder und arbeitslos. Seine Familie lebt am Rande des Elends. Endlich wird er als Fahrer eines Abgeordneten angestellt, was mit einschließt, daß er dessen Reden verfassen muß. Wie weit wird er akzeptieren, sich der Macht seines Arbeitgebers zu unterwerfen und sich ausbeuten zu lassen? (hg)

Burkina Faso/F 2000
Regie: Tasséré Ouédraogo
15 min, 35mm


Sibiri and Nyama are supposed to be friends. They both belong to a brotherhood of hunters and even swore a loyalty oath. However, by the time they are hunting together again Sibiri pushes Nyama in a well because he is in love with Nyama’s wife Sarah. After his return to the village he publishes an obituary. However, after months his friend returns to town. He is suffering from amnesia and has joined a sect. Sibiri who was confident of Nyama’s dead goes crazy. And Nyama starts to remember. read more


Fanta Régina Nacro ist die erste Filmemacherin Burkina Fasos. Sie erzählt von Lust, Sexualität, Aids. Parabelhaft oder direkt, befreiend und freizügig. Aufsehen erregte sie 1995 mit PUK NINI (s.u.). Ihr jüngster Film BINTOU wurde mit dem Kurzfilmpreis in Ouagadougou ausgezeichnet. Dieser Film ist Teil der Serie „Mama Afrika“ von sechs afrikanischen Filmemacherinnen (im Moment ist keine Kinokopie vorhanden). Derzeit arbeitet sie an ihrem ersten Langspielfilm. (hg) Fanta Régina Nacro ist Mitglied der internationalen Jury des Festivals. Konaté wird impotent, weil er ein Kondom benützen soll. Der Heiler rät ihm, jenen Baum zu suchen, dessen Frucht die Grundlage des Kondoms ist. Konaté zieht aus, um den magischen Baum zu finden. In Vision sieht er Bäume voll Kondome, Kinder, die mit Kondomen spielen… read more


Mamadi is a student in Paris. He has not received his student grant from his country for six months, so he cannot renew his permit in France. To survive, he starts working illegally as a night security guard in a parking lot. Mamadi discovers a world of prostitution and drug dealing. The discovery of a forgotten envelope will change his existence.

Burkina Faso/F 2003
Regie: S. Pierre Yameogo
90 min, 35 mm, Farbe, OF mit dt./franz. UT
Festivals: Ouagadougou 04, Fribourg 04, Viennale 04; In Kooperation mit Südwind Tirol
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After her father’s death Aminata decides to leave France, where she has always been feeling out of place. She had been separated from her mother at the age of eight and hadn’t seen her since, but still hopes to find her in Burkina Faso. Once in Bobo she gets to meet parts of her family, yet she has to recognize that she still feels like a stranger. In Paris, Ester, a wealthy white lady, is being taught an African language by her housemaid Mariam, who has come to France forty years ago. NOTRE ÉTRANGÈRE tells two stories of rootlessness and interweaves its protagonists fates between France and Africa.
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Ouaga Saga tells the story of ten young friends fighting poverty to realise their dreams in one of Ouagadougou‘s poorest districts. Each one has an ambition – to own a music shop, to be a professional footballer – but they are all poor and realizing their dreams seems almost impossible. But when the boys see a wealthy young woman go into an expensive dress shop and leave her motor-scooter unlocked, they can‘t resist the chance to make some quick money. They steal the bike and sell it, sharing out half the money and stashing the rest at the compound where they live with Bourémah, their older „brother“. read more


In this well-made film about social conflicts in Upper Volta, emigration out of a village with its old traditions and into the bigger job market of a city does not prove to be the success that one young man had wanted. This very realistic story relates the misadventures of three young rural emigrants in the town and denounces a serious problem in Africa, which is rooted in the incompatibility of the old traditions with the modern world. Playing the character of the blacksmith is Sotigui Kouyaté (silver bear for the best male performance in LONDON RIVER at the Berlinale 2009). read more


Eine schöne Senegalesin trifft in Burkina Fasos Hauptstadt Ouagadougou ein und verführt den dazu gerne bereiten Salif. Bewandert in den Künsten der Erotik, weiß sie, wie sie sich und ihm Genuß verschafft, hilft mit Aphrodisiakum nach, um schwindelnde Höhen zu erreichen. Und kassiert. Salifs Ehefrau entschließt sich nach dem ersten Schock, das Geheimnis der Senegalesin zu ergründen.

Burkina Faso/F 1995
Regie: Fanta Régina Nacro
30 min, 35mm, Farbe, OmeU


Burkina Faso 1992
Regie: Gaston Kaboré


Drei junge arabische Männer belästigen in einem Bus eine junge Frau. Sie sind im Glauben, sie verstehe ihre Sprache nicht, aber…

Burkina Faso 1998
Regie: Fanta Régina Nacro
6 min, 35mm, Farbe, arab.OF


The film starts in Africa, in Ghana, where there is an interplay between a tour group and a photo shoot of Mona, an African American model. In the middle of the shoot, a mysterious man appears, claiming to be the guardian of the castle, he tells the tour group to go away, and Mona to go back to her past.

Ghana/Burkina Faso/D/USA 1993
Regie: Haile Gerima
125 min, 35 mm, Farbe, OF mit dt. UT


Kicking off with a Jean Cocteau quote, Dani Kouyaté’s SIA is a political allegory from Burkina Faso in a timeless, legendary fashion. Packed with poetic flourishes – such as a protracted clash between the town tyrant and the town fool – SIA follows the eponymous heroine who flees into the night when the town priests mark her as a sacrificial victim. „For once I don’t want to look for the reasons for African civil wars in colonialism and slavery but instead go back to our an-cient myths, which sometimes also contain totalitarian traits.“ (Dani Kouya-té) read more


„Filmpreis des Landes Tirol“ 2000

Burkina Faso 1998
Regie: S. Pierre Yaméogo


An old man is supposed to cure a young girl from memory loss. Together they go on an eccentric and amusing therapeutic journey, which takes them to Cape town, Berlin, Mali, Belgium and even as far as Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. On their journey, which is full of surprises, they meet remarkable and ingenious people, ignoramuses, prejudices, some fairy-tale characters and a story that is deeply enrooted in the memory of the continent and reveals a carefully kept secret. Africa wants to tell us something. read more


A comedy set in contemporary Burkina Faso tells the story of a World War II veteran who has been trying for more than 50 years to obtain his well-deserved military pension. Convinced that he will be paid shortly, Sogo buys a mill on credit for the village. But the money does not arrive.

Burkina Faso/F 2003
Regie: Daniel Sanou Kollo
90 min, 35 mm, Farbe, OF mit engl. UT
Festival: Ouagadougou 04; In Kooperation mit Izola Cinema – Kino Otok, Südwind Tirol und Caritas