A small, landlocked country in West Africa, Burkina Faso, is home to a vibrant community of artists, musicians, and engaged citizens, who provide an example of the type op political change that can be achieved when people come together. Through music, film, ecology, visual art, and architecture, they carry on the revolutionary spirit of Thomas Sankara. After assuming the presidency in 1983, Sankara was killed in a 1987 coup d’état led by his best friend and close advisor Blaise Compaoré. Compaoré subsequently ruled the country as an autocrat for 27 years. In October 2014 a massive popular insurrection led to his removal. Today, the spirit of resistance and political change is mightier than ever in Burkina Faso. An inspiration, not only to Africa, but to the rest of the world.

  • International title Burkinabè Rising
  • Filmmaker Iara Lee
  • country Burkina Faso
  • Feature 72 min
  • Cast Joey le SoldatMartoMalika la SlameuseSerge Aimé CoulibalyOdile Sankara
  • Year 2020
  • Spoken English/French/Mooré
  • Subtitle English