Film series Myth and Poetry. A Tribute to Idrissa Ouedraogo.
Cinema Massimo – from 7 through 21 September 2018 – Screen Tre
The season’s film series at Cinema Massimo begins with a tribute to Idrissa Quédraogo, burkinabé film director who died in February of this year. The series opens with Yam Daabo (The Choice) on 7 September, 4.00 pm.
When Poko (1981) won the short film prize at that year's Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO), Ouédraogo repeated the words of Sembène Ousmane, “Remember who you’re making films for and why.” Words that marked his output of nearly 30 films between 1981 and 2010. His work addressed the serious issues that affected village life and sub-Saharan Africa in general: lack of health care, tradition against change, funerals, traditional trades, rural migration to the cities, oral traditions, and characters still attached to their roots. The stories share features with Shakespearian drama and Greek tragedy, finely balanced between drama and comedy, popular because of their simplicity and hypnotic rhythm of life in a world that is in plain sight yet ready to surprise.
(Burkina Faso 1986, 80’, 35 mm, color, original with Italian subtitles)
Gourba, a Mossi village on the edge of the Sahara, is the setting for a rural family's decision to remain reliant on international aid or to move to another part of the country and become self-sufficient. Salam and his family overcome hunger, thirst, and death by moving but at the price of making huge sacrifices.
Friday 7 September, 4.00 pm