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Yaaba

Idrissa Ouedraogo, Burkina Faso, 1989

Ten year old Bila and his cousin Nopoko live happily in their Sahelian village. Bila is taken with an elderly woman, Sana, whom he calls «Yaaba», although the rest of the village treats her as a witch. One day, Nopoko falls ill with tetanus; her condition worsens. Nobody in the village, not even the healer, can help her - except, perhaps, Sana. Yaaba is one of Idrissa Ouedraogo’s major works and typical for his approach: "My Africa is not only about masks, dances and cottages, it's about love, friendship and reflecting on the world," says the maverick director, who is aware of Western film codes but refuses them, who remains rooted in Africa despite his many travels.
Ten year old Bila and his cousin Nopoko live happily in their Sahelian village. Bila is taken with an elderly woman, Sana, whom he calls «Yaaba», although the rest of the village treats her as a witch. One day, Nopoko falls ill with tetanus; her condition worsens. Nobody in the village, not even the healer, can help her - except, perhaps, Sana. Yaaba is one of Idrissa Ouedraogo’s major works and typical for his approach: "My Africa is not only about masks, dances and cottages, it's about love, friendship and reflecting on the world," says the maverick director, who is aware of Western film codes but refuses them, who remains rooted in Africa despite his many travels.
Duration
86 minutes
Language
OV Mòoré
Subtitles
German, French, English, Italian, Spanish
Video Quality
1080p
Age recommendation
12+
Available in
Japan, Taiwan, Colombia, Brazil, Israel, Argentina, India, Mexico, South Korea, Chile, Egypt, Tunisia, Iran, Morocco, Palestine, China, Nepal, Switzerland, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, South Africa, Peru, Singapore, Belgium, Italy, Australia, Ecuador, United States, Canada, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Serbia, Slovakia (Slovak Republic), Sweden, United Arab Emirates
Bonus
Short film Parlons grand-mère (34 Min.)