Yaaba unfolds in the spectacular landscapes of rural Burkina Faso in a mythical time when peasant life was still unspoiled by colonialism. It is the story of a friendship between Bila, Nopoko and an old woman shunned as a witch by the rest of the community. Unafraid of her, twelve-year old Bila calls her “Yaaba” (grandmother) and learns the value of intolerance and his own worth as a human being. Ouédraogo, who shot the film in his own village, said that it was “based on tales of my childhood and on that kind of bedtime storytelling we hear just before falling asleep.”
Director: Idrissa Ouedraogo. AKA Grandmother
Writer: Idrissa Ouedraogo.
Stars: Fatimata Sanga, Noufou Ouédraogo, Roukietou Barry, Adama Ouédraogo, Amadé Toure, Sibidou Ouédraogo, Adame Sidibe, Rasmané Ouédraogo, Kinda Moumouni, Assita Ouedraogo, Zenabou Ouedraogo, Ousmane Sawadogo.
Cinematographer: Matthias Kälin.
Composer: Francis Bebey.
1989 Chicago International Film Festival – Nominated for the Gold Hugo.
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