Yaaba (1989)




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The title of the Burkina Faso-produced Yaaba translates to "Grandmother." That character, played by Fatimata Sanga, has been accused of witchcraft by her village. In fact, Sanga is a kindly, serene old woman, perhaps the wisest person in the community. Only Bila (Noufou Ouedraogo), a troubled and troublesome young boy, is respectful of her. Though he isn't related to her in any way, he regards her as his grandmother, and addresses her as such. When Bila's cousin, Nopoko (Roukietou Barry), falls … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Kids & Family, Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By: Idrissa Ouedraogo
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On DVD: Nov 16, 1999
Arcadia Films



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Yaaba's power sneaks up on you. At first it seems as spare as the airy African Savannah where it unfolds. It's only with a little distance from its muted beauty that the plan of the film becomes clear.

Full Review… | September 12, 2013
Los Angeles Times
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The locations are attractive, the performances are natural, and the details about local folkways are interesting, but the plot is a bit dull in spots.

Full Review… | September 12, 2013
Chicago Reader
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Ouedraogo films all this with great formality and stateliness of pace.

Full Review… | September 12, 2013
Chicago Tribune
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A direct, affecting story of superstition and love that marks Ouedraogo as a talent to watch.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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The director Idrissa Ouedraogo, of Burkina Faso (formerly Upper Volta) shapes this spare and resonant drama with perfect control.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
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Yaaba has its virtues, but the talent behind it is unformed.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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