Silmandé (Tourbillon)

Director: S. Pierre Yameogo
Countries: Burkina Faso
Year: 1998
Running Time: 85 min.
Language: Moré

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S. Pierre Yameogo wrote and directed this Burkina Faso-French drama about corruption in a West African town where a black businessman and Lebanese merchants compete for a government rice contract which promises big profits. Mouni (Amadou Bourou) thinks the contract is his, but he encounters problems from the wealthy Jabert brothers, who are involved with the government’s money-laundering. The story looks at the underbelly of African politics, uncovering bribery and the exploitation of blacks.

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).

Filmography:
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).