Sababu

Director: Nissi Joanny Traoré
Country: Burkina Faso
Year: 1992
Running Time: 90 min.
Language: Mooré

A peddler is found dead in a village alley – the local police go through all the ‘normal’ procedures they have so laboriously learned from their former French colonizers – for solving crime and punishing the guilty. However, the villagers have their own methods of justice, handed down through centuries of communal judicial practice. The methods of the villagers appear to be infinitely more successful. As the conflict escalates, one is drawn into the eternal melting pot of a once thriving social fabric now in the throws of paralysis as a consequence of unfamiliar bureaucratic procedures and red tape.