Q&A with Apolline Traoré on May 16, moderated by film editor and independent programmer Karen McMullen.
Four women—Adjara, Emma, Sali, and Vishaa—meet while riding buses that cross West African borders, starting in Dakar and traveling through Bamako, Cotonou, Ouagadougou, and on to Lagos. Despite the gorgeous landscapes of the Atlantic coast and the Sahel, not everything is beautiful: they undergo car breakdowns in the stifling heat, face highway robbers, and endure fights between passengers. But their worst fears are realized in the liminal space of the border itself, where they witness great corruption, violence against women, and dangerous traffic. To survive, the women must stick together and take care of each other: the consequences of this trip will change their lives. New York Premiere
Opening Night screening preceded by
Idrissa Ouedraogo, From the Land of the Upright People
Compiled by Burkina Faso National Television, Burkina Faso, 2016, 5m
This short profile pays tribute to the late Burkinabé writer-director Idrissa Ouedraogo.