Frankfurt am Main |
14 – 22 October 2023
Sira, a young Fulani nomad, can hardly wait. She and her family are travelling to meet her groom. Sira is a strong and self-confident woman, her Muslim father trusts his daughter and has therefore agreed to a marriage between her and her childhood sweetheart Jean Sidi, a Christian. But on the way the family is attacked by Islamist terrorists, and the men are shot in cold blood. Cursing the attackers for their deed, Sira is kidnapped and raped – and left alone in the middle of the desert to face what would appear to be certain death. But Sira is a fighter and full of the will to live. She manages to make her way to where the terrorist camp is located and hides in a nearby cave where she holds out, undiscovered for months, planning her next steps.
Sarika Hemi Lakhani
Nicolas Berteyac (Cinematographer)
Silvie Gadmer (Editor)
Cyril Morin (Music)
Alioune Mbow (Sound)
(Supporting Actor - Mike Danon)
(Supporting Actor - Lazarre Minoungou)
(Supporting Actress - Nathalie Vairac)
(Supporting Actress - Ruth Werner )
(Supporting Actor - Ildevert Meda)
(Supporting Actor - Abdramane Barry)
Nafisastou Cisse (Leading Actress - Sira)
Apolline Traoré was born in 1976 in Burkina Faso. She studied film at Emerson College in Boston. Her graduation film "The Price of Ignorance" won the Jury Prize at the 2001 Fespaco Pan-African Film and Television Festival. Her short film "Kounandi" screened at the Sundance and Toronto film festivals in 2004. After working for several years in the independent film scene in Hollywood, in 2008 she decided to return to Burkina Faso where she has since made several feature films.