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The young and ill Marian returns to Bukina Faso, her place of birth, and befriends bike messenger Moussa, who claims to know the exact place of her village and offers to take her there.

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Deze voorstelling maakt deel uit van Rialto Filmclub met als gastspreker deze maand Ernst-Jan Pfauth.


A young woman, Mariam, is ill and returns to Burkina Faso, where she was born. Having been sent away as a young child for adoption to South Africa, she hardly knows anything about her native country. Now she is planning to spend her last days in her village in the south west of Burkina Faso. She only does not know how to get there, does not speak the language, and is unfamiliar with the local customs. In the capital Ouagadougou, she befriends a charismatic bike messenger/taxi driver, Moussa, who claims to know the exact place of her village and offers to take her there. Moussa also has problems of his own: he is lonely despite his charm, and he has large financial problems. Together, they embark on the journey south.

Burkinabe is the feature film debut of directors Nthato Mokgata and Carla Fonseca, who both have already made name in the world of theatre and music. Fonseca plays the leading role herself in this self-discovery road movie.

WCA & Cinedans present: Baloji shorts

In collaboration with Cinedans we present a beautiful short film by Baloji before the main film:

Baloji | Congo, Belgium | 2019 | 15' | French, Lingala spoken | English subtitles
Zombies is a journey of hope and dystopia in a hallucinated Kinshasa, that interrogates the almost carnal relationship we have with our phones.

WCA x De Balie

This film can also be seen at De Balie. Click here for tickets.

CARLA FONSECA (1989, South Africa) graduated in Theatre & Performance from the University of Cape Town in 2010. An actress and director, she uses a variety of media to achieve her creative objectives, which include encouraging a stronger theatre and performance culture within Southern Africa.

NTHATO MOKGATA (1985, South Africa) is a filmmaker, visual artist, music producer and songwriter. His documentary feature Future Sound of Mzansi (2014), made with Lebogang Rasethaba, screened at various festivals and events globally. Burkinabe (2019) is his first foray into fi ctional feature fi lm making.

Baloji (1978) is a Belgian-Congolese rapper, songwriter and a film and music video director. In the 1990s he had his breakthrough as MC Balo with the band Starflam. He has been performing as a solo artist since 2004. "Baloji" means "man of science" in Swahili.