Moctar lives with his mother Saffi in Africa. One day she receives a letter from France which makes her very happy. Her husband Ibrahim Sow has worked in France for years, and finally he is able to bring them over. The news shatters Moctar’s existence, he is forced to leave his home village, his friends and his sickly grandfather.
In France Moctar has a vision where he is chased by a hyena. Nobody wants to believe in his supernatural experience and people around him make fun of him at his expense. Eventually the members of his family start to worry about his mental health. However, Moctar runs into 50-year-old Paolo in the street by chance, and he helps him to overcome his fear of the hyena. –Stockholm Film Festival
Idrissa Ouedraogo is one of Africa’s most prolific filmmakers. His early films are remakable in their ability to communicate through imagery. Poko, Les Ecuelles (The Wooden Bowls), Les Funerailles du Larle Naba (The Funeral of Larle Narba), Ouagadougou, Ouga deux roues (Ouagadougou, Ouga Two Wheels), and Issa le tisserand (Issa the Weaver) appeal to a multi-lingual audience without using dialogue or voice-over narration. Although his subsequent films incorporate dialogue, Ouedraogo’s talent for creating meaning with images remains a hallmark of his work.
Ouedraogo’s first commercial success, Yaaba (Grandmother), narrates the story of two young children who befriend an old woman wrongly accused of malevolent sorcery. This film exemplifies Ouedraogo’s interest in the multiple ramifications of individual choices. It also demonstrates Ouedraogo’s skill at adapting the poetics of African oral tales to contemporary cinema. Nwachukwu Frank… read more