Sababu

Director: Nissi Joanny Traoré
Country: Burkina Faso
Year: 1992
Running Time: 90 min.
Language: Mooré

A peddler is found dead in a village alley – the local police go through all the ‘normal’ procedures they have so laboriously learned from their former French colonizers – for solving crime and punishing the guilty. However, the villagers have their own methods of justice, handed down through centuries of communal judicial practice. The methods of the villagers appear to be infinitely more successful. As the conflict escalates, one is drawn into the eternal melting pot of a once thriving social fabric now in the throws of paralysis as a consequence of unfamiliar bureaucratic procedures and red tape.

About the Director

Nissi Joanny Traoré

nissy joanny traoreBiography: Nissi Joanny Traoré was born in Takaledougou, Burkina Faso in 1952 and is a graduate of the INCA in Paris. He has taught cinematographic techniques in Burkina Faso and is presently National Director of Cinematographic production in Burkina Faso. His first two feature films, The Other School (1985) and Sababu (1992), both won prizes at the international festivals.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Sababu (1994).

Filmography:
The Other School (1985);
Sababu (1992).