Wênd Kûuni

Director: Gaston Kaboré
Countries: Burkina Faso
Year: 1983
Running Time: 75 min.
Language: Mooré

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In pre-colonial times, a peddler crossing the Savanna discovers a child lying unconscious in the bush. When the boy comes to, he is mute and cannot explain who he is. The peddler leaves him with a family in the nearest village. After a search for his parents, the family adopts him, giving him the name Wênd Kûuni (God’s Gift) and a loving sister with whom he bonds. Wênd Kûuni regains his speech only after witnessing a tragic event that prompts him to reveal his own painful history.

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).

Filmography:
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).