YAABA / GRANDMOTHER (1989)

  • 5 Ryneveld Restaurant 5 Ryneveld Street Stellenbosch, WC, 7600 South Africa

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Burkina Faso | French (English subtitles)  | 86 minutes

directed by IDRISSA OUÉDRAOGO

Living in a small West African village are the Boy Bila (Noufou Ouédraogo) and his girlfriend Nopoko (Roukietou Barry). The days are spent on the lush savannah where the blissful occupy themselves by fetching water for their parents, playing hide-­and-­seek and swimming. As time passes by a tension starts to brew in the nearby village. A pretty woman married to an alcoholic is having a shameless affair.

Yaaba is a typical realist film; its unobtrusive form allows the camera to ‘wander’ through the village as an impartial observer, taking in an earthy mix of sex and chickens. This makes the characters sympathetic and creates a strongly humanistic impression. Beautifully shot this film is as timeless as an African fable.

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