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Burkina Faso | 2017 | 90 minutes | Apolline Traoré

Burkinabe director Apolline Traoré poignantly explores the developing friendships among four women from different regions as they travel by bus across a gorgeous West African landscape in an everyday journey that is nonetheless fraught with nerve-wracking peril, especially for women.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

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Traveling from Dakar, Senegal, to Lagos, Nigeria, to buy goods for her women’s association, Hadjara (spectacularly played by Amélie Mbaye) is an independent woman with a job to do. Upon her journey she also meets Emma, an Ivorian retailer, who is a perpetual traveler going on 15 years; Micha, a Nigerian currently living in Burkina Faso, returning to make up with her family at her sister’s wedding; and Sali, who is carrying out an errand for her fiancé. The quartet travels across the various country borders―independent women traveling who must consistently free themselves from the men who stand in their way. Writer/director Apolline Traoré has brilliantly crafted a road movie in which women pass between countries that may have differing ideologies and procedures, but the universal challenge they face is the power that men believe they can exert over them. With a backdrop of beautiful cinematography that truly showcases the exquisite landscape of West Africa, Traoré builds the film gradually from small experiences to large dramatic gestures, eventually culminating in an epilogue of tremendous depth.

Director Biography

Apolline Traoré earned recognition with her debut film The Prince of Ignorance (2000) for which she took home the Prix du Jury at the Pan-African Film Festival.

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  • Original Language Title: Frontieres
  • Director: Apolline Traoré
  • Principal Cast: Amelie Mbaye, Naky Sy Savane
  • Premiere Status: North America
  • Country: Burkina Faso
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 90 minutes
  • Producer: Apolline Traoré
  • Screenplay: Apolline Traoré
  • Cinematographers: Ali Lakrouf
  • Editors: Christian Billette
  • Music: Cyril Morin
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: FESPACO 2017 (Best West African Film, Félix Houphouët-Boigny Prize)
  • Filmography: Moi Zaphira (2013); Sous la clarte de la lune (2004); Kounandi (2004); The Price of Ignorance (2000)
  • Language: French
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP