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Sarraounia (1986) | english subtitles

09 Feb 2020

Sarraounia is a 1986 historical drama film written and directed by Med Hondo (1936-2019), featuring Aï Keïta as the eponymous character. It is based on a novel of the same name by Nigerien author Abdoulaye Mamani (1932-1993), who co-wrote the screenplay. The novel and film concern the real-life Battle of Lougou between Azna queen Sarraounia Mangou and the advancing French Colonial Forces of the Voulet-Chanoine Mission in 1899. The French CNC (centre national du cinéma et de l'image animée) refused to support the film, attempting to block its funding and distribution. Thomas Sankara (1949-1987) personally intervened as President of Burkina Faso, enabling the funding and production of the film.


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