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Samba Traoré (12A) + extended introduction by film curator Keith Shiri

Hidden Figures: Idrissa Ouédraogo

Still from Samba Traoré

A man commits a robbery and returns to his village to start a new life but finds he cannot escape his past in Idrissa Ouédraogo’s thrilling debut.

After robbing a gas station that leads to the death of his friend, Samba returns to his village with a newfound wealth that he uses to begin a new life: marrying Saratou and opening a local bar.

His wealth raises questions amongst the villagers, which Samba insists has been earned working in the city. But as the guilt and lies of his past begin to haunt, his new life unravels as quickly as it began. Samba Traoré won the Silver Bear at the 43rd edition of the Berlin International Film Festival in 1993.

Burkina Faso 1993 Dir Idrissa Ouédraogo 85 min

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