HOMMAGE IDRISSA OUEDRAOGO

MI 14 NOV 17.00


SHORT FILM PROGRAM
BURKINA FASO 1981 – 86 DVD OV 70 MIN
IN COOPERATION WITH THE CINÉMATHÈQUE AFRIQUE
IN THE PRESENCE OF SALAM ZAMPALIGRÉ (BURKINA FASO / AFRIKAMERA RESIDENCY)


With the presentation of a selection of four early short films from 1981 – 86, AFRIKAMERA commemorates the Burkinabe director and Cannes award winner, who died in February this year.

In his first short film POURQUOI (1981, 5 min), a man dreams of killing his wife. Terrified, he wakes up wondering if he may have not dreamed?

In LES ECUELES (1983, 11 min), Ouédraogo explores the rural exodus of Mossi in northern Burkina Faso and its implications for the traditional craft of wooden bowl production.

ISSA, LE TISSERAND (1984, 20 min) is the portrait of a traditional weaver from Ouagadougou. Despite his master craftsmanship, he sees himself abandoned by his clientele, who prefers import laundry from Europe. So he buys a car and a bundle of second-hand clothes to get his business up and running again …

TENGA (1986, 34 min) is about a farmer who tries his luck in the Burkinabe capital Ouagadougou to escape rural poverty. He leaves both his wife and his old mother behind. Once there, he beats his way through as a small greengrocer until he learns of his mother’s death and returns to his home village …


IDRISSA OUEDRAOGO was a key figure in Sub-Saharan cinema with more than forty films in his oeuvre. Born in 1954 in Banfora (Burkina Faso), he first studied at the Institut du cinéma de la capitale Ouagadougou to finish his studies in 1985 in Paris at the legendary IDHEC in 1985 and at the Sorbonne in 1989 the diploma in depth film knowledge to get. In 1986 he shot his first feature film YAM DAABO, followed by YAABA. He received the Prix de la Critique at the Cannes Film Festival in 1989 and the Audience Award at FESPACO. In 1990 he realized TILAÏ – THE LAW, which won the Grand Prix du Jury in Cannes and the best feature film of the FESPACO. Ouédraogo founded his own production company Les Films de la Plaine and got the Silver Bear in 1993 for SAMBA TRAORÉ in Berlin. In 2002 he contributed an episode to the omnibus film 11’09 “01 – SEPTEMBER 11, produced several television series and campaigned for a better financing of African film. In 2017, he was inducted into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Services, which annually awards the Oscars.