Burkina Faso Inside the Puppet Masters Yard

Christian Lajoumard
2013, 76' et 52'

In Burkina Faso, the art of puppetry is relatively recent. As in most African countries, traditional puppets were present, then slowly disappeared. Now young puppeteers came back to this practice and brought a new strength to it. These artists and structures have few resources and work in family’s courtyards. So the construction of puppets and rehearsals take place in an environment which mix : kitchen, children, chickens, sheep, in a music and laughter atmosphere. Portrait of these artists grounded in their country’s daily.

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An Acrobates Films’ production with the support of Télé Paese, le Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée (CNC), of the PROCIREP – Société des Producteurs and l’ANGOA.


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Photography : Christian Lajoumard Sound : Christian Lajoumard et Raoul Fruhauf Editing, sound design and final mix  : Raoul Fruhauf Colourist : Laurent Fénart Narrator : Christian Lajoumard
Association Yiinga/Une seule peau, Compagnie Palingwendé, Compagnie Kouka, EMIS (Ensemble des Marionnettes Internationales de Siraba), Les Grandes Personnes de Boromo Hamadou Traoré, Ibrahim Traoré, Adama Traoré, Abdoulaye Ouedraogo, Salif Keita, Jérôme Ouedraogo, Vincent Bazié, Adama Bila, Sorigbé Dosso, Abou Kabré, Issa Koné, Jean-Hubert Ouedraogo, Désiré Yameogo, Charles Diendéré, Blaise Dala, Mohamadi Ouedraogo “Ja-Hamad”, Olivier Tiendrebeogo, Ouattara Setou “Fabé”, Souleymane Ilboudo, Moumouni Sawadogo and Joël Zongo