Director: Gaston Kaboré
Country: Burkina Faso
Year: 1991
Running Time: 72 min.
Language: Mooré


When Noufou, nine-year-old Rabi’s father, nearly hits a turtle on the road, he destroys his wife’s pottery on the way to the market. To jokingly explain the mess to his wife, he brings the turtle home. Rabi immediately adopts the turtle as a pet and learns a valuable lesson about freedom and nature. An insightful fable of childhood, Rabi is powerfully influenced by the great West African storytelling traditions. As Kaboré says, “Respect for nature is inseparable from the world’s cultural perceptions, from education in the fundamental values of life, from philosophy and from imagination and mythology.”

About the Director

Gaston Kaboré

Biography: Gaston Kaboré was born in 1951 in Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso. He trained as a cinematographer in Paris at the École Supérieure d’Études Cinématographiques (ESEC) and completed a degree in history at the Sorbonne. He served as the Secretary General of the Federation of Pan African Filmmakers (FEPACI) from 1985-1997. In addition to numerous documentaries, his films include the features Wend Kuuni (God’s Gift – 1982), Zan Boko (1988), and Rabi (1991). Rabi was shown at the first New York African Film Festival in 1993. His 1997 film Buud Yam was in competition at Cannes and went on to win the Grand Prize at FESPACO. Gaston Kaboré is also the founder of IMAGINE, a cultural center in Ouagadougou that offers residencies and workshops for African artists.

(Source: Through African Eyes – Dialogues with the Directors, BONETTI Mahen and REDDY Prerana (Editors), 2003, African Film Festival, Inc. and Printinfo JV LLC, Yerevan, Armenia, p.26)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Wend Kuuni/ God’s Gift (1994);
Zan Boko (1993);
Rabi (1993);
Buud Yam (2008).

Regard sur le VIe FESPACO (1979);
Wend Kuuni/ God’s Gift (1982);
Zan Boko (1988);
Rabi (1991);
La Vie en fumée (1992);
Madame Hado (1992);
Un arbre appelé karité (1993);
Chronique d’un échec annoncé (1993);
Roger le fonctionnaire (1993);
Lumière et compagnie (1995);
Buud Yam (1997);
Le Loup et la Cigogne (2007);
L’Afrique vue par… [Africa Seen by…] – Deux mille générations d’Africains (2009).