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Francis Ameyibor
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Boubakar Diallo

Two slaves owners


Carole Bassogué

Cœur de lion, by Boubakar Diallo (Burkina Faso)
The Heart of a Lion
21st FESPACO, Ouagadougou (28/02-7/03 2009)

Ouaga, March 3, - The Heart of a Lion by Journalist and film writer Boubakar Diallo was quiet an interesting re-invention of the story of the slave trade which was confused with the invasion of a lion and the writer's desire to portray a young man as a hero in a typical African village.

The story starts with beautiful serene which captures the imagination of the audience but immediately leave the enthusiast stranded in the confusion about the ranging lion, the rude introduction of the slave trade caravan into the movie, the arrogant of the young man and the betrayal of the people by their tyrannical leader.

The villagers seems not too much anxious about the slave trade invaders, but seemly terrified by the devouring lion, which is quiet contradictory.
In the midst of the calamity, the men of the village were quiet lazy, contrarily to the attitude of typical African men, who confront impending calamity with under the tree meetings to find solutions.

Rather Diallo's villages folks were engaging in the unthinkable in the midst of disaster they chose to; "chasing women and fighting over them." Others also engage in alcoholism and gossips.
The romantic adventures of the men even though portrays the frailty of most men when they come face to face with beautiful women, was out of place in the story line, it seems as an after thought addition to the original script.

Credit must however be given to Mr Diallo for maintaining the artistic typical African village environment with the traditional costume throughout the movie.
His choice of characters - village leaders, the father of Samba played an active role in the early stages of the movies as an advisor, the mannerism of Tanko as a fearless hunter but afraid to propose to a young innocent lady.
Mr Diallo also deserves commendation for the positive portrayal of women in the film and exposure of men's barbarism towards women.

The sound track, lighting, panning vertically and horizontally were exceptional and deserve commendation for employing professionalism in the production.
Meanwhile more and more Americans and Europeans continue to invade the cinema halls and theatres at the 21st African Film and Television Festival more than Africans.

by Francis Ameyibor

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   liens films

Coeur de Lion 2009
Boubakar Diallo

   liens artistes

Aïssa Isabelle T.

Barrau Daniel

Barry Coumba

Bassolé Carole

Bayala Eugène Y.

Bayili Mathias

Boly Housseini

Bougoum Saïdou T.

Congo Yoni Odilia

Diallo Boubakar

Ganafé Mofédog-na Bède Modeste

Glez Damien

Kambou Yéri Nadine

Kutu O'Gust

Nana Mamadi

Ouattara Pauline

Ouédraogo Mariam

Palenfo Augusta

Sawadogo Halidou "Pagnagdé"

Sidibé Charly "Sydney"

Tapsoba Mahamoudou

Tapsoba Maxence

Tiaho Cécile

Traoré Aïcha

Yaméogo Jeanne d'Arc


28/02/2009 > 07/03/2009
festival |Burkina Faso |
FESPACO 2009 (Festival Panafricain du Cinéma et de la télévision de Ouagadougou)
La 21e édition se tiendra du 28 février au 07 mars 2009. 40ème anniversaire

   liens structures

Burkina Faso | Ouagadougou 01

Films du Dromadaire (Les)
Burkina Faso | OUAGADOUGOU

Ghana Federation of Film Critics
Ghana | ACCRA

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