Simplice Herman Ganou’s films, though few in number, exist as a shining piece of beauty, empathy, and absolute trust in cinema as a way of connecting with the world. Living and working and Burkina-Faso, having studied in Senegal, Ganou’s cinema is made with a unique sense of time and place, as in a stroll through the spaces and the words that bind people together.
Bakoroman is the self designation of homeless children in Ouagadougou, who are neither children nor adults, who wander the streets and roads, and lead a life of their own. These two feature-length films work as a diptych: Ganou goes back to one of the protagonists of his 2011 film, and films the adult times of a Bakoroman.
Sheffield Doc/Fest proposes to discover this exceptional filmmaker with his first two films – Bakoroman and The Koro of Bakoro: The Survivors of Faso – online from June, and then his latest film, The Unknown, as part of our Rebellions weekend in Sheffield.
These films are part of the Rebellions strand with Bakoroman available until 31 August.