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11 Ratings

The Choice

Yam Daabo

Directed by Idrissa Ouedraogo
Burkina Faso, France, 1987


Poverty and misery are rife in Gourga, a village in the Sahel. The inhabitants must choose: stay and await international assistance or leave for more fertile regions in the country. Salam, a peasant, and his family opt for the second solution, with all the sacrifices this entails.

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The Choice Directed by Idrissa Ouedraogo

Critics reviews

Already [Ouedraogo] evinces a knack for subtle but potent ironies, starting and ending his knotty plot of embattled loves and family rivalries with two visits from a UN truck to the same rural village, providing not enough rice to too many people. The main story, then, is both an engrossing melodrama rendered in unpretentious images and a secondary concern amid a basic quest for individual and regional survival.
May 17, 2017
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