Nthato Mokgata/Carla Fonseca, South Africa/ Burkina Faso, 2019

75 minutes, English/French/Diola with English subtitles

A sick young woman, Mariam, comes back to Burkina Faso after having left as a young child who was adopted and sent out to South Africa, where she always felt alien. She returns as an ailing young adult to the land of her birth on a journey of self-discovery, to spend her last days in the land of her forefathers. She does not know the language, culture or norms. She is on a quest to reconnect with her family and her roots. Mariam goes on a road trip to visit her village in the south west of Burkina Faso. She first lands in the bustling town of Ouagadougou. While trying to figure out how to get to her native village, she encounters and befriends a charismatic bike messenger/taxi driver, Moussa, who volunteers to take her South, claiming good knowledge of the country and the exact place of her village.


Nthato Mokgata is a South African film-maker, visual artist, music producer, and songwriter. He is a renowned musical artist, under the alias Spoek Mathambo and has produced many projects over the past decade. In 2014, along with Lebogang Rasethaba, Mokgata, directed a feature length documentary film, Future Sound of Mzansi, about South African electronic music, which went on to screen at various festivals and events globally. Having written, directed and edited, Burkinabe, this is Nthato Mokgata’s first foray into the fictional feature film realm.

Carla Fonseca, obsessed with telling stories, believes in the power of healing through theatre. Since graduating (BA Theatre & Performance) from the University of Cape Town in 2010, she has focused her work on South Africa’s historical and current societal traumas for nearly a decade. Carla is vigorous in helping encourage a stronger theatre & performance art culture within Southern Africa. Her work includes a variety of media to achieve her creative objectives. She draws most of her inspiration from personal experiences, street art, lowbrow art, African tradition and global affairs. Her zeal lies within Avant Garde theatre and installation based performance art. Having written and directed Burkinabe alongside Nthato Mokgata, this is Carla Fonseca’s first foray into the fictional feature film realm.

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