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.
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