Spotlight on Fanta Régina Nacro

  • New York African Film Festival
  • Fanta Régina Nacro
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With 1992’s Un Certain Matin, Fanta Régina Nacro became the first woman from Burkina Faso—home to FESPACO, the largest Pan-African film festival in the world—to direct a fiction film. Since then, Nacro has developed a rich body of shorts (as well as one feature film) in which the old and the new cohabitate, illustrating stories from her matrilineal upbringing. Her work depicts the courtyard effect: the entire community comes together to agree and disagree but always finds a positive and collective path to a solution. As Nacro eloquently states: “It is a vision, a certain gaze on our world, that we are proposing.”

Fanta made these shorts in the 90s, at a moment where women were taking center stage in her community. The files for this presentation were sourced from an archive and are presented in the best available digital quality.

For this program, please click the menu button in the upper right hand corner of your player window to select the next video in the playlist.

Program Features

A Certain Morning

Fanta Régina Nacro, 1992, Burkina Faso Mooré and French with English subtitles

Fanta Nacro’s debut film is a provocative look at cinematic illusions versus deadly realities. Riga is a farmer who lives peacefully with his wife and children on the Mossi plateau. When he hears a woman calling for help one day, his entire world is called into question. The first fiction film directed by a Burkinabé woman, A Certain Morning was presented at the 1992 Carthage Film Festival.

Open Your Eyes

Fanta Régina Nacro, 1995, Burkina Faso Dioula with English subtitles

A beautiful noble Senegalese woman arrives one day in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, and creates chaos through the city with her remarkable seductive powers.

Konaté’s Gift

Fanta Régina Nacro, 1997, Burkina Faso Dioula with English subtitles

When Djénéba returns from the city where she has been visiting her cousin, she brings her husband, Konaté, a wonderful gift: a condom. Konaté is furious and refuses to change his habits. Djénéba, well aware of the effects of AIDS, refuses to give in.


Fanta Régina Nacro, 2001, Burkina Faso Mooré with English subtitles

Bintou wants to make sure that her daughter goes to school, but her husband Abel doesn’t think it’s worth it and claims there is only enough money to educate their sons. But Bintou won’t give up and starts her own business to make the extra money. Abel, wary of losing control and scared that Bintou’s newfound financial freedom will lead her to adultery, tries to sabotage her efforts. Bintou tackles sexuality, gender relations, and the fraught relationship between tradition and modernity with joyful satire.

Bonus Content

New York African Film Festival Trailer
Fanta Régina Nacro in Conversation with Yvonne Pambo

Pioneering Burkinabé filmmaker, Fanta Régina Nacro joins arts and culture consultant, Yvonne Pambo in a discussion on Fanta’s career and films spotlighted in the 28th New York African Film Festival.

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