It’s with a true democratic and creative freedom that the director, Idrissa Ouedraogo, the 2015 Vues d’Afrique Festival, guest of honour, started his career, during the Thomas Sankara era in 1980’s Burkina Faso, all the way through his accession as President. A golden age of freedom of speech, that had a deep impact on the filmmaker’s youth and left him with a taste of a lost paradise.
However, Idrissa Ouedraogo recognizes thats he is a dreamer and even though his movies sometimes seem a bit esoteric, mixing love and friendship stories, where the heroes have to overcome the obstacles, he has both feet planted firmly on the ground. And if life can be as rude as politics, there is not only drama in Africa. He says, “I want to show another face of my continent, other than a suffering Africa”.
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Source : SudOuest,Octobre 28th, 2015, author Corine Pelletier