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Tilaï (12A) + Les parias du cinéma + Introduction by Awa Konaté

Hidden Figures: Idrissa Ouédraogo

Still image from Tilaī

Forbidden love shakes a rural community in Idrissa Ouédraogo’s searing drama, considered by many critics to be the director’s masterpiece.

Set in a village of the precolonial past, Tilaï (The Law) is about a forbidden love affair and the deadly consequences for all involved. After an extended absence Saga returns to home to discover that his father has wed Nogma — his promised bride who is now his stepmother.

Still in love, they begin an affair which according to the laws of the village is incestuous, leading to a decision to flee to start a new life together. Tilaï  won the Jury Grand Prize at the 1990 edition of the Cannes Film Festival and the Grand Prize at the 1991 edition of FESPACO.

Burkina Faso 1990 Dir Idrissa Ouédraogo 81 min

Les parias du cinéma (The Outcasts of Cinema)
Idrissa Ouédraogo reflects on the state of African cinema.
Burkina Faso 1997 Dir Idrissa Ouédraogo 6 min

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