My grandmother was born in 1920, from a meeting of a French military officer and a young African girl in a territory now called Burkina Faso. The discovery of the particular destiny of children of racial interbreeding such as herself, who were forced to live in orphanages after being abandoned by their fathers or whose mothers were requisitioned, sends me back to my own breed. —Sarah Bouyain
Sarah Bouyain, mixed-race of French-Burkinabé parentage was born in Reims, Marne. After acquiring a university degree in mathematics she entered the l’école Nationale supérieure Louis Lumière (“École de Vaugirard”). Two years later, she worked as assistant camerawoman on different films as well as advertisements and also worked as image intern for the film Léon by Luc Besson.
Her documentary Les Enfants du Blanc was released in 2000 and the book of short stories Metisse façon, published in 2003. She has also written articles mainly focusing on the theme of mixed-race and exile for Africultures, Presence Africaine and Codesria. —African Women In Cinema