Discover the work of award-winning director Idrissa Ouédraogo (1954-2018), whose distinctive films explored the tensions between traditional and modern life in rural Burkina Faso.
Ouédraogo was the leading filmmaker to emerge from Burkina Faso in the late 1970s, creating works that gave particular attention to rural workers, and synthesised tensions between the “traditional” and the “modern”. A prolific national filmmaker, he studied cinema in Ouagadougou, Kyiv, and Paris. His oeuvre centred on Sahelian rural life and the blurring boundaries between the mythical and the historical giving rise to a distinct character of Burkinabé cinema.
These films forge a subdued yet highly charged political sensibility in their interrogation of systems of subjugation, honouring their characters’ worldviews, values and spirit of resistance, beyond the confines of their material conditions. Ouédraogo belongs to a canon of African cinema that strives to subvert the legacy of colonialism and its negative representations of Africans.
Hidden Figures: Samba Traoré + extended intro by Keith Shiri
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.
Hidden Figures: 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.
Hidden Figures: Tilaï + Les parais du cinema + Introduction
Forbidden love shakes a rural community in Idrissa Ouédraogo’s searing drama, considered by many critics to be the director’s masterpiece.