French selection

Sankara Is Not Dead

Sankara n'est pas mort

Lucie Viver

2019France110 minColour

Au Burkina Faso, après l’insurrection populaire d’octobre 2014, Bikontine, un jeune poète, remet en cause son rêve d’une vie meilleure en Occident et décide de partir à la rencontre de ses concitoyens le long de l’unique voie ferrée du pays. Du Sud au Nord, de villes en villages, d’espoirs en désillusions, le jeune homme met à l’épreuve son rôle de poète face aux réalités d’une société en pleine transformation et révèle en chemin l’héritage politique toujours vivace de Thomas Sankara – ancien président du Burkina assassiné en 1987 et considéré comme le "Che Guevara africain". After Burkina Faso’s October 2014 popular uprising, the young poet Bikontine starts to question his dreams of seeking a better life in the West. He decides to go meet his fellow citizens along the country’s only rail line. From South to North, through cities and villages, he learns about their dreams and disappointments confronting his poetry with the realities of a rapidly shifting society. His journey ultimately reveals the enduring political legacy of storied former president Thomas Sankara, assassinated in 1987 and known as the “African Che Guevara.”

After studies in history and philosophy, Lucie Viver worked as an assistant director. In particular, she worked on movies by Otar Iosseliani, Mati Diop and Rabah Ameur-Zaïmèche. In 2013, she was admitted to La Fémis Screenplay Workshop. Since then, she has been developing several documentary and fiction film projects. Sankara is not dead is her first film.

 

  • PRODUCTION : Eugénie Michel-Villette (Les Films du Bilboquet)