Film Makers from Burkina Faso


Burkina Faso is a landlocked country located in West Africa. It covers an area of around 274,200 square kilometers (105,900 mi) and is surrounded by six countries: Mali to the north; Niger to the east; Benin to the southeast; Togo and Ghana to the south; and Ivory Coast to the southwest. Its capital is Ouagadougou. Burkina Faso isn’t a country that sticks out on the African map.

As some may know, film directors play a factor in the film industry. Not only are they so intimately involved in all aspects of the film’s development, they also help the screenwriter visualize the script. In most cases, what the director says, goes. They also guide the actors and crew into the direction of his creative vision. Which at the end result, brings entertainment to the people of Burkina Faso. In today’s article, I will be introducing a couple of influential film directors from Burkina Faso.

Alidou Badini is a filmmaker from Burkina Faso who has worked on many films and TV productions. He co-directed the widely discussed Le Beurre et l’argent du beurre, which documents the realities of free trade.

Boubacar Diallo is a Burkinabé film maker. The son of a veterinarian, he worked as a journalist, launching the satirical weekly magazine Journal du Jeudi and publishing two novels and a collection of short stories. During the year of 2005, he embarked on a new career as a film maker, shooting three films, Traque à Ouaga, the romantic comedy Sofia, and the Danish co-production Dossier brûlant, a drama.

Gaston Kaboré is a Burkinabé film director and an important figure in Burkina Faso’s film industry. He has won awards for his films Wend Kuuni and Buud Yam.

Idrissa Ouédraogo is a film director from Burkina Faso who creates films set within Africa, often exploring the conflict between rural and city and tradition and modernity.

Sékou Traoré is a filmmaker from Burkina Faso. He and his friends Dani Kouyaté and Issa Traoré de Brahima established the production company Sahelis Productions in 1992. He has worked as director, producer and production manager on a number of films, including both fiction and documentary.

S. Pierre Yameogo is a Burkinabé film director and screenwriter. He has directed six films since 1987. His film Delwende was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival where it won the Prize of Hope award.

In my opinion, I believe film directors are highly influential to the next generation because they promote the idea of being creative and bringing your ideas into reality.