Laafi, Tout Va Bien

Director: S. Pierre Yameogo
Country: Burkina Faso
Year: 1991
Running Time: 94 min.
Language: French and Moré


An unusual look at daily urban life in West Africa, Laafi tells a common story. A bright, ambitious young man from humble origins finds that connections and money count more than smarts or good intentions in the big city. Joe, intent on raising the standards of health care in Burkina Faso, wants to study medicine, but the bureaucrats in Ouagadougo are unimpressed by his exceptional high school science grades and sincerity. Refusing to give up, Joe learns that persistence is the only weapon against red tape. In an almost verité style, Yameogo sets Joe’s metropolitan odyssey against the leisure of life in his rural hometown. A refreshing look at a side of African life rarely found on the screen, Laafi was awarded top prize at the 1991 Festival of Pan-African Cinema in Ouagadougou.