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67 Ratings


Directed by Idrissa Ouedraogo
Burkina Faso, Switzerland, 1989


A small African village. The story focuses on Bila, a ten year old boy who befriends an old woman, Sana. Everybody calls her ‘Witch’ but Bila himself calls her ‘Yaaba’ (grandmother). When Bila’s cousin Nopoko gets sick it is Sana’s medicine that saves her.

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Yaaba Directed by Idrissa Ouedraogo

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1989 | Winner: FIPRESCI Prize

1989 | Special Mention: Prize of the Ecumenical Jury

Critics reviews

I was mesmerized by everything happening both on and outside the screen: the contrast between the small houses and the large surroundings, my friend’s faces looking stunned to the sunny landscapes, the beautiful relationships between the relatives on the African society, the similarity between jokes in the film and in our own reality.
June 05, 2018
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