Burkina Faso Movie

Great African Films, Vol. 1: Faraw: Mother Of The Dunes (1997)/Haramuya [DVD](1995) DVD
First, a mother (Aminata Ousmane) must support her children alone when her husband is wrongly arrested. The sensitive Malian drama "Faraw: Mother of the Dunes" also stars Balla Moussa Keita, Oumar Mbarek. Next, an intimate and affectionate chronicle of a Muslim family's life in the capital city of Burkina Faso is the emotional heart of "Haramuya," which uses a highly naturalistic approach in dramatizing the tensions between the rich and poor in Africa. Abdoulaye Kaba, Rakieta Kabore star. 177 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: French, Bambara, and Songhoi; Subtitles: English. In Songhoi with English subtitles/In Bambara and French with English subtitles.

Great African Films, Vol. 2: Tasuma (2004)/Sia: The Dream Of The Python [DVD](2001) DVD
First, a former French soldier living in Burkina Faso tries to collect his military pension in order to help pay for a grain mill he has purchased, but finds the wheels of economic justice turn slowly, in the humorous "Tasuma." Mamadou Zerbo, Serge Henri star. Next, a girl marked for ritual sacrifice takes refuge with a simple man who helps the members of the ancient village understand the barbaric nature of their traditions, in "Sia: The Dream of the Python." Fatoumata Diawara, Sotigui Kouyate star. 96 min. total on two discs. Standard; Soundtrack: French Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English. In French with English subtitles.

Great African Films, Vol. 3: Daratt (2006)/The Desert Ark [DVD](1998) DVD
First, enraged after the government of Chad provides blanket amnesty to its war criminals, an old man whose son was killed during the four-decade civil war enlists his grandson as an agent of revenge, in "Daratt." Ali Barkai, Youssouf Djaoro star. AKA: "Dry Season." Next, the Algerian desert provides a stunning new setting for an interpretation of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet," in "The Desert Ark." Hacen Abdou, Messaouda Adami star. 185 min. total on two discs. Widescreen; Soundtracks: French, Arabic; Subtitles: English. In French and Arabic with English subtitles.

Dreams Of Dust (Reves De Poussiere) [DVD](2006) DVD
This meditative drama set in Burkina Faso follows the story of a Nigerian peasant who comes to work in the African gold mines to erase the memory of a past tragedy. Forging a bond with some of his fellow workers, who toil in the harsh and unforgiving conditions of the desert, the man struggles to maintain his dignity in the hazardous and wretched workplace. Makena Diop, Rasmane Ouedraogo star. 86 min. Soundtrack: French; Subtitles: English. In French with English subtitles.