Burkina Faso / France / Germany / Senegal

Director: Apolline Traoré

Language: French, Fula with English subtitles

After a brutal attack, a young nomad named Sira refuses to surrender to her fate without a fight and instead takes a stand against Islamist terror. A feminist counterpoint to current reporting from the Sahel region.


20 July | 19:00 | Suncoast 1
25 July | 19:30 | Suncoast 6



Apolline Traoré


Apolline Traoré, Denis Cougnaud


Apolline Traoré


Nicolas Berteyac


Nafissatou Cissé, Mike Danon, Lazare Minoungou, Nathalie Vairac, Ruth Werner, Abdramane Barry, Ildevert Meda, Oumou Ba, Seydou Diallo, Moïse Tiemtore


122 min

Apolline Traoré

Apolline Traroare, is a Burkinabé director, winner of several distinctions and awards. After traveling the world with her father who was a diplomat, she enters the prestigious Emerson College School of Art in Boston, United States. In 1998, she obtains her bachelor’s degree in Fine Art. Her graduation film: "The Price of Ignorance" won the Jury Prize at Fespaco 2001. At 25, she directs and producesthe cult series “Monia and Rama” and a few years later “The Testament”. Her first short film "Kounandi" was selected at the Sundance Film Festival and the Toronto film festival in 2004. She works for a few years on independent films in Hollywood, and then decides to return to the country in 2008. Her work places a particular emphasis on the voice of women and the scourges that plague the African continent. After “Frontières” in 2017, “Desrances” in 2019, “Sira” in 2023 is her fifth feature film. She was distinguished in 2019, Knight of the Order of Merit, Arts, Letters and Communication and in 2020, she was installed Ambassador of the National Museum.
DIFF 2023


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