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On Thomas Sankara’s Traces & Shared Heritage

Shot between 2008 and 2011 in Senegal, Mali, France and Burkina Faso, these films are not only a homage to the visionary and revolutionary Sankara but also provide an opportunity for contemporary witnesses and young activists to share their experiences and opinions about the man ‘who restored the dignity of the people of Burkina Faso.’ While ‘On Thomas Sankara’s Traces’ is dedicated to Sankara himself, his visions and his accomplishments, ‘Shared Heritage’ addresses the issue of Sankara’s legacy. What became of his projects, ideas and visions? What does today’s youth think about him? What did and do his contemporaries think about him? The most important question of all though remains the relationship between the Norbert Zongo-Affair and Sankara’s murder.

Production Details

Studio Baraka, Documentary in two parts, 2 x 90 min, Burkina Faso/France, 2011
With:Ras Batch, Sams’k le Jah, Bruno Jaffré, Carlos Ouedraogo, Fidel Kientega, Germaine Pitroipa, Odile Sankara, Didier Awadi, Smockey, Valère Somé, Samba Tembely and many more...

Distribution

Distribution in Germany, Switzerland and Austria
Contact: info(at)africavenir.org 
Format: BluRay, DVD
Languages: French with German Subtitles
Pictures: Can be sent digitally

Full Synopsis

Shot between 2008 and 2011 in Senegal, Mali, France and Burkina Faso, this two part documentary is not only a homage to the visionary and revolutionary Sankara but also provides an opportunity for contemporary witnesses and young activists to share their experiences and opinions about the man ‘who restored the dignity of the people of Burkina Faso.’

‘On Thomas Sankara’s Traces’ is dedicated to Sankara himself, his visions and his accomplishments. Noël Isidore Thomas Sankara was born on 21 December 1949 in the inconspicuous, predominantly Muslim village of Yako. He spent his childhood years in Gaoua in the southern region of The Republic of Upper Volta, as Burkina Faso used to be known. Raised with a strictly Catholic upbringing and blessed with charm at a young age, he was driven to the army due to increasingly deteriorating external circumstances.

His Marxist-Leninist history teacher and his military training in Madagascar which saw him come into contact with young leftist militants influenced him significantly. When he assumed power on 4 August 1983 after a coup, his coherent and revolutionary stance ensured that he was already the country’s most popular political figure, especially among his country’s youth. ‘On Thomas Sankara’s Traces’ is a comprehensive yet intimate portrayal of the man behind the icon.

‘Shared Heritage’ addresses the issue of Sankara’s legacy. What became of his projects, ideas and visions? What does today’s youth think about him? What did and do his contemporaries think about him? The film also addresses the relationship between the Norbert Zongo-Affair and Sankara’s murder.

Reviews

“The films took me back to the 1980s, back to my childhood in Abidjan (Ivory Coast). They resurrected the pride I remembered which the people of Burkina Faso felt, the respect we suddenly received from everyone. Thomas Sankara’s aura and the certainty of his integrity captivated me completely. Sankara has left an influence that can never be shaken, especially among the younger generation. These films are a must-see, perhaps even several times, to fully grasp the legacy of this humanist, no, this ‘true human being’.” Ramata Soré, journalist from Burkina Faso, Deutsche Welle

Directors: Studio Baraka

The drive to create different worlds led to the creation of Baraka in 2006 in the south of France (Occitania) although Baraka now resides in Paris. Baraka literally means ‘organised band’, a collective that brings together people willing to network amongst each other and connect the world through their actions. This kind of political, material and spiritual networking is crucial to Baraka’s essence. ‘We are what we do and we never relinquish our ideas or ideals.’ Baraka is a symbol of reflection, transformation, of resistance and action, of liberation and the construction of alternative lifestyles. More information available (in French) at: www.barakalesite.com

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