Director: Pierre Yameogo
Country: Burkina Faso
Year: 2005
Running Time: 90 min.
Language: Moré and French


In some parts of West Africa, women accused of witchcraft are torn from their families and banished to witch villages where they remain for the rest of their lives. Delwende is based on a true story about a woman driven out of her village after being wrongly accused of being a witch. On hearing the plight of her mother, Pogoubila travels to Ougadougou in search of her, determined to expose the hidden family secrets and clear her mother’s name. Like Sembène’s Moolaadé, this is a story of a mother and daughter that focuses on the human costs of traditional practices and women’s struggle for justice. A sensitively crafted human drama is told in the evocative music and voice of the Senegalese artist Wasis Diop.

About the Director

Saint Pierre Yaméogo

Biography: Saint Pierre Yaméogo was born in 1955 in Koudougou, Burkina Faso. His first feature film, Laafi, was selected in 1991 for the Semaine de la Critique at the Cannes Film Festival. Wendemi, his second feature film, was awarded a prize at the FESPACO 1993 and selected for the Cannes Un Certain Regard section. Yaméogo divides his time between Ouagadougou and Paris, where he has created his own production company, Dunia Production. Dunia has produced films by various African filmmakers including Dani Kouyate, Guy Désiré Yaméogo, and Missa Hebie.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Laafi – Tout va bien (1993, 2005);
Wendemi (2005);
Silmande – Tourbillon (2005);
Moi et mon blanc (2003);
Delwende (2006).

Dunia (1987);
Laafi – Tout va bien (1991);
Wendemi, l’enfant du bon Dieu (1993);
Silmande – Tourbillon (1998);
Moi et mon blanc (2003);
Delwende (2005);
Bayiri, La Patrie (2011).