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About: FW: synopsis of African films

Thu, 17 Oct 1996 12:25:02 -0400

Originally from: <owner-african-cinema-conference@XC.Org>
Originally dated: Thu, 17 Oct 1996 12:25:02 -0400

Attn: Carole Pearce

In reference of your email dated 30 Sept 1996, please find there in
the synopsis and technical data of following films :



Etienne KABORE
Au nom du Christ/ In the name of Christ

Gnoan Roger M'Bala


To understand Africa, the African must speak about their Africa.
Development, religion and tradition are often associated. The canniest
people emerge and succeed in creating a myth around themselves.

Power is sacred. To get it one needs to be powerful and take it by
force and also use God in order to deceive a whole people.
This fragile Africa where we often find strange situations. How
will the African animist living in a village, react in the year
2000, when he is asked to choose between Christianity, Islam or any other

How will react the animist African of the village of the 2000, when
he is asked to choose Christianity, Islam or another religion?
In fact power pushes man to the most extreme madness even when the latter is

aware that he may die at any time.

Director: Montage:Cristeili
Idrissa Ouedraogo Loredana
Scenario: Idrissa Musique: Francis
Ouedraogo Bebey
Photos: Mathieu Format: 35mm
Duration: 90min


Yaaba means grand mother in Moore (1).
Yaaba is also the name that Bila, a boy of about 12 gives to SANA,
an old lady abandoned and rejected by the whole village.
Yaaba is finally and above all, the history of a growing friendship
between two human beings (BILA and SANA) in a village society where we
discover man in all his dimensions. Good, wicked, generous, intolerant...

(1) Moore: one the national languages of
Burkina Faso.


Director :Idrissa Ouedraogo
Country :Burkina Faso, 1991
Producer :Idrissa Ouedraogo
Camera : Jean Monsigny - Pierre Laurent Chenieux
Sound : Alix Comte - Dominique Hennequin
Editor :Luc Barnier
Duration :81 minutes
Format : 35 mm

In Burkina Faso, the concept of honour is essential in the
structure of traditional societies.
In rules over any notion of family, of blood..,
Ya tila, that law


Saga comes back to his village after spending two years away from
home. Many things have changed. Nogma, his finance, is now his father's
second wife.

Saga and Nogma are still in love, meet again and make love for the
village, it's an incest. Saga must die. Kougri is appointed to kill him. He

doesn't want to do it, he cannot do it, Saga is his brother. So he lets him
escape. Saga dead for all the village.

The young woman runs away and joins Saga who is staying with his
aunt. They live happily till the day Saga learns that his mother is dying
and decides to go back to the village...



Director :Idrissa Ouedraogo
Country : Burkina Faso
Sound :Alix Comte
Editor :Joelle Duffour
Duration :85 minutes
Format : :35 mm


After holding-up a service station, Samba takes refuge in his
village where he is reunited with his relatives and friends
including Saratou who brings up her young boy on her own.

People in the village soon begin to wonder where Samba obtained
the money he lavishly spending. Samba marries Saratou and together with his
friend Salif, they open the bar they have been dreaming if for a long time.

But when Saratou needs to be taken to town to give birth, Samaba
realise that he risks being recognised and arrested by the police...


The Battle of the Sacred Tree


1994, 35mm, 80mn
Director: Wary=EFru
Photo: Francois KOTLARSKI
Montage: Eva-Lopez
Music: Mamadou M'Baye
Producer: BIRNE Films/
Berlin; Flamingo Films/
Distributor: Flamingo
Films 8 Bis, rue Barthemy
Tel: 33 144-49-01-91
Fax: 33 1 45-66-80-77


Pre-missionary African religion comforts post-missionary Christian
teachings in this film. In a Kikuyu village, life revolves around a
certain Sacred Tree, which still wields some strange power over
the people.

The Christian women's group sees the tree as a major to their
conversion campaigns and decide to clop it down.

Mumbi, daughter of Mzee, a traditional "medecine-man" has left her
violent husband in the city to come and live in the country side.
She sides with her father against the women and the polaroid
pictures she takes of the "most dramatic occasion of the Falling of the
Sacred Tree" are the cause of much laughter and relief.


Cheick Oumar SISSOKO

Technical data

1993, 16mm, 4x30mn
Realisateur: Cheick Oumar SISSOKO
Photo: Lionel COUSIN
Son: Martin BOISSEAU
Musique: Decors Sonores
Production: Kora Films
Distribution: C.O.
Bamako, Mali
Tel: 223 22 59 13
Fax: 223 22 77 62

This is the story of Africa a continent so beautiful and so
well-off but wounded. No tradition, no democratic life, all periods

Africa is changing, moving people want democracy. The early nineties were a
turning point between an era when this cultural and human wealth could not
open up and the new era which is outlined in the year 2000 with hope...
Life... Guimba is a film about power and its monopolization. In a village,
Sitakilli the village is a microcosm of the town, the town is a microcosm of

the country.
I've had to rework this quite a bit, as many characters got scambled, so any

typos are mine, Steve Smith, moderator

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