Sacred Places

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Luoghi sacri
Directed by Jean-Marie TenoItalian title: Luoghi sacri
Cameroon, France / 2009 / 70'
Cast
Nanema Boubacar, Jules César Bamouni, Abbo, Idrissa Ouedraogo

S. Leon, un modesto quartiere nella città di Ouagadougou, la capitale del Burkina Faso: si lotta per la sopravvivenza e per mantenere la propria dignità in un ambiente ostile. Jean-Marie Teno traccia complesse e profonde osservazioni su molti paradossi dell’Africa di oggi, attraverso le vite di tre persone: Jules César, costruttore e suonatore di djembé, Bouba, gestore di un video club che funziona anche come luogo di preghiera, e Abbo, un tecnico di cinquant’anni che ha deciso di diventare scrittore di lettere. Sacred Places is set in St-Leon, a modest neighborhood in the city of Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. Sacred Places is a film about the fight to survive and to maintain one’s dignity in a hostile environment. Jean-Marie Teno lays out a very complex and profound observations on many paradoxes of today’s Africa through the lives of three characters: Jules Cesar, a djembé maker and player, Bouba, a video-club manager in a movie salon that also serves as a praying place, and Abbo, a fifty-year-old technician who has decided to become a public letter writer.

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