October 2014, the capital of Burkina Faso Ouagadougou is the scene of mass demonstrations against a dictatorship in power for 27 years. An unarmed uprising kicks off the dictator and subsequently resists to a coup attempt.
In 2015 the country votes freely for the first time in its history, but the revolution is not followed by a real change, especially regarding economic exploitation of the country by foreign companies.
Today the weakness of the government allows the advancement of Al Qaeda and IS, which has put the region under attack causing thousands of victims and hundreds of thousands of displaced people.
The film follows this process during one year through daily life of four burkinabes made up of resistance and struggle. An engaged musician, a candidate for elections, a miner who is unemployed because of his political commitment, and a mother in a poor and numerous family in the capital Ouagadougou.
All of them share a hope for change that is concentrated in the important polls’ deadline.
“For five years I filmed four citizens of Burkina Faso I met in Ouagadougou in October 2014, during la revolution that overthrew the dictator Blaise Compaoré. I gradually replaced my story of that event with theirs, setting out to be a “tool” of the narrative initially, and then as a keen “listener”. It was a way to take part in their struggle for freedom wielding my tools as a filmmaker, seeking to dodge the stereotypes and reveal instead that which the mainstream media systematically hide. Changing the gaze is in itself a political act.”
SAM’SK LE JAH
“Music is a weapon that can help people to elevate themselves!”
“When the food will be over, we’ll be forced to go outside and fight…”
YIYÈ CONSTANT BAZIÉ
“To allow real change, it must change people’s way of thinking…”
DIEUDONNÉ TAGNAN alias GHOST
“Each month 38% of our salary is withdrawled…”