Idrissa Ouédraogo

Burkina Faso

Biography

Idrissa Ouédraogo’s earliest memories of film revolved around the travelling cinemas that were touring the villages of his native West Africa. Born in Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso), in 1954, Ouédraogo later studied film in his native country, as well as in Paris and Kiev. It didn’t take him very long to earn critical recognition, with his 1989 film Yam Daabo earning Ouédraogo the Fipresci Award at the Cannes Film Festival. His second film, Yaaba, is probably his most successful and most widely respected work to date. In 1997 he was Member of the jury at the Venice Film Festival, and in 2002 he directed one segment of the collective film 11'09''01 – September 11.

Films

  • Kato Kato (2006)
  • La colère des dieux (Anger of the Gods, 2003)
  • 11'09''01 - September 11 (2002) (segment "Burkina Faso")
  • Scenarios from the Sahel (2001)
  • Kini et Adams (Kini and Adams, 1997)
  • Les Parias du cinéma (shortmovie, 1997)
  • Lumière et compagnie (Lumière and Company, segment "Idrissa Ouedraogo/Burkina Faso", 1995)
  • Afrique, mon Afrique... (1995)
  • Le cri du coeur (The Heart's Cry, 1994)
  • Gorki (shortmovie, 1994)
  • Samba Traoré (1992)
  • Karim and Sala (1991)
  • Obi (1991)
  • Tilai (1990)
  • Yaaba (1989)
  • Yam Daabo (The Choice, 1986)

Major awards

11'09''01 – September 11

  • 2002 Venice Film Festival: Unesco Award

Kini and Adams

  • 1998 Bermuda International Film Festival: Jury Prize

Samba Traoré

  • 1993 Berlin International Film Festival: Silver Bear

Tilai

  • 1991 Ouagadougou Panafrican Film and Television Festival: Grand Prize - Etalon de Yennega
  • 1990 Cannes Film Festival: Grand Prize of the Jury

Yaaba

  • 1989 Fipresci Prize
  • 1989 Tokyo International Film Festival: Gold Award

The Heart's Cry

  • 1994 OCIC Award - Honorable Mention