Idrissa Ouedraogo

Director, Writer
One of the first directors from Burkina Faso, among the world's poorest nations, to gain international attention. After graduating from the film institute of the University of Ouagadougou, Ouedraogo began to make short ... Read more »
Born: 01/21/1954 in Burkina Faso

Filmography

Director (16)

Issa le Tisserand 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Les Ecuelles 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Les Funerailles du Larle Naaba 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Obi 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

September 11 2003 (Movie)

(Episode 5) (Director)

Kini & Adams 1997 (Movie)

(Director)

Lumiere Et Compagnie 1995 (Movie)

featured director (Director)

Samba Traoré 1995 (Movie)

(Director)

Africa, My Africa 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

The Heart's Cry 1993 (Movie)

(Director)

A Karim Na Sala 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Tilai 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Yaaba 1989 (Movie)

(Director)

Yam Daabo 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Ouagadougou, Ouaga deux roues 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Poko 1980 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (8)

Kini & Adams 1997 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Samba Traoré 1995 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Africa, My Africa 1994 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Heart's Cry 1993 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

A Karim Na Sala 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Tilai 1990 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Yaaba 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Yam Daabo 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (6)

Kounandi 2003 (Movie)

(Producer)

Kounandi 2003 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Guimba the Tyrant 1996 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Samba Traoré 1995 (Movie)

(Producer)

Tilai 1990 (Movie)

(Producer)

Yaaba 1989 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (3)

Sacred Places 2008 (Movie)

(Actor)

40X15: Forty Years of the Directors' Fortnight 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Kounandi 2003 (Movie)

Karim's Friend (Actor)

Biography

One of the first directors from Burkina Faso, among the world's poorest nations, to gain international attention. After graduating from the film institute of the University of Ouagadougou, Ouedraogo began to make short films under the auspices of the Burkina Faso government. After several of these ("Les Ecuelles" 1983, "Issa le Tisserand" 1985) won international awards, Ouedraogo successfully ventured into feature-length films co-produced with French and/or Swiss support. His "Yam Daabo/The Choice" (1986), about a desert family's migration to more fertile land, and "Yaaba/Grandmother" (1989), exploring the friendship which develops between a young boy and an old woman scorned by their village, won similar acclaim and are distinguished by their concern for the frailty of the rural impoverished and a skillful mixture of reality and folk mythology.

Relationships

Thanata Ouedraogo

Wife

Father

Mother

Doudou Ouedraogo

Son
born c. 1985

EDUCATION

Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinematographiques

Paris 1985

African Institute of Motion Picture Arts (INAFEC)

graduated; went to Kiev, USSR as an exchange student

Milestones

1986

Made first feature film, "Yam Daabo/The Choice"

1981

Made his first film, the short, "Poko"

Enjoyed earliest encounters with film at "the moving cinema" (not meaning theaters where motion pictures were shown, but government-sponsored outdoor "theaters" that literally moved from village to village)

After graduating from INAFEC, became a government employee in Burkina Faso as an administrator of motion picture production

Bonus Trivia

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Ouedraogo is pronounced "way-dra-OH-go".

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