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UK Restoration Premiere: Yaaba (12A)

Hidden Figures: Idrissa Ouédraogo

Still from Yaaba

Two young children befriend a woman accused of witchcraft in Idrissa Ouédraogo’s touching parable with a great central performance from young Noufou Ouédraogo.

With a spellbinding ancient landscape set as a backdrop, Yaaba is a tale of the intimacies of friendship across generations and cultural dogmas. It recounts life in a rural village where Bilal, a young boy, and his cousin Nopoko befriend Sana, whom they come to call ‘Yaaba’, an affectionate name meaning ‘grandmother’.

Yaaba has been ostracised from her village where she is accused of being a witch responsible for all the ills that befall them, finding love and protection only from Bilal and Nopoko. 

Burkina Faso 1989 Dir Idrissa Ouédraogo 90 min

This title has been locally classified.

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