Burkina Faso: Celebrated Film Producer, Idrissa Ouedraogo dies at 64

Burkina Faso’s prolific African Cinema producer, Idrissa Ouedraogo died on Sunday, 18th February.

The death was announced by the country’s national filmmakers guild.

He was born on 21st January 1954 in Upper Volta, now Burkina Faso.Idrissa began studies in Kiev, and later proceeded to Paris where he attended ” Institut d’Hautes Etudes Cinematographique”. He graduated with a degree in film studies in 1985.

His first film ” Yam Daabo” was produced in 1986.

Ouedraogo went international in 1989 after he produced ” Yaaba “, the film that won the first FIPRESCI award in Cannes the same year.
“Talai” is however considered his most prolific work.

The film tells the story of a man who returns to his village to discover that his fiancée had become his father’s wife, and that naturally marks the start of trouble in the family.

The movie won the Grand Prix at the 1990 Cannes film festival and “Samba Trore” in 1993.

The movie was also nominated for the silver Bear Awards at the 43rd Berlin international Film festival in 1993.

After Ouedraogo’s theatrical work “The tragedy of king Christopher”, he began working with television stations because of difficulties in raising money to shoot films.

Other movies produced by Idrissa Ouedraogo include;

# Karim and Sala, produced in 1991
# Le cri du coeur, ( the heart’s cry) produced in 1994.
# La colere des dieux (Anger of the gods)produced in 2003
# Kato Kato , produced in 2001.

Following the death of Idrissa Ouedraogo, Burkina Faso’s President, Roch Marc Christian Kabore said ” his country has lost a film maker of immense talent”

Kathy Neba Sina

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