Wariko, The Jackpot / Wariko, Le Gros Lot

Director: Fadika Kramo-Lanciné
Countries: Ivory Coast
Year: 1993
Running Time: 100 min.
Language: Bambara and French


A traffic cop named Ali very unexpectedly wins the lottery. Only one problem: the winning ticket has disappeared. As Ali looks high and low for help, his quest turns hilariously allegorical, acting as pure satire of the African Dream of socioeconomic success. If money makes the world turn, one can never be sure whether striking it rich is a miracle, an answer to a prayer, or merely an accident.

About the Director

Kramo-Lanciné Fadika

Biography: Kramo-Lanciné Fadika was born in 1948 in Ivory Coast. He studied at the Nationale Photo-Cinéma de la rue Vaugirard à Paris, and now has credits in directing, scriptwriting, and editing. He directed his first short film, La Fin de la course, in 1974. From 1975 to 1981 he made several television magazine programmes and educational films for the rural world. His first feature, Djéli, conte d’aujourd’hui (Djéli, a Modern Tale) won the Grand Prize at FESPACO in 1981. In 1994, he finished his second feature, Wariko, the Jackpot (Wariko, le gros lot).

– AFF, Inc.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Wariko, the Jackpot [Wariko, le gros lot] (1996).

La Fin de la course (1974);
Djéli, conte d’aujourd’hui [Djéli, a Modern Tale] (1981);
Wariko, the Jackpot [Wariko, le gros lot] (1994).