Yaaba

Unknown, 1989

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Few films are as fresh and simple as “Yaaba”, even fewer come as close to perfection. Set in a few flat, sunbaked hectares around a village in Burkina Faso the story is told with the directness of fable with little dialogue, and with the four-square photography confined to three colours - brown, blue and green. The central generation gap story is enriched with incidents of village life so that a vast range of human behaviour and experience is packed in without any sense of haste or padding. The result is not an example of naive cinema but a film whose technical and aesthetic sophistication is presented with an uncloying charm.

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Credits

production company

Heima Film

Les Films de L'Avenir

Arcadia Films

co-producer

Pierre-Alain Meier

Idrissa Ouédraogo

Freddy Denaes

Michel David

director

Idrissa Ouédraogo

Duration

01:30:00:00

Production places
Unknown
Production dates
1989

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

325200

Language

French

Audience classification

PG

Subject categories

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Africa - Social life and customs

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Village communities - Africa

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Children and adults

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Children and the aged

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - Burkina Faso

Foreign language films

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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