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Top Pan-African fest prize awarded to Kabore’s ‘Yam’

“Buud Yam,” an introspective Gaston Kabore movie about a man’s search for himself, won the coveted Golden Stallion trophy when the awards were dished out at the 15th edition of the Pan-African Film and Televi-sion Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO) over the weekend.

The offering by Kabore, one of Burkina Faso’s most respected moviemakers, was unanimously chosen by the seven-member panel for the grand jury prize, crowning it the continent’s best film of the past two years.

Set in the haunting landscapes of Burkina Faso, “Buud Yam” tells how a man’s hunt for a traditional healer to help his ill sister leads him to confront his own inner being.

The grand jury described the movie as an inspiration to the cultures and traditions of Africa.

FESPACO, which is held every two years in Ouagadougou, opened this year on Feb. 22 and culminated with Sun-day’s awards ceremony.

The festival featured several open-air screenings that attracted audiences of thousands, an African film and TV market, and a multimedia exhibition featuring the latest computer and camera equipment.

Other awards were:

Short film: “Bouzie” by Ivory Coast director Jacques Trabi.

Actor: Belkacem Hadjadj of Algeria in “Machacho.”

Actress: Aminata Ousmane Maiga of Mali in “Faraw.”

Special jury prize: “Taafe Fanga” by Malian director Adamo Drabo.

First film: “Miel et cendres” by Tunisian director Maria Fares Anliker.

Photography: Bertrand Chatry for “Tableau ferraille” by Senegalese director Moussa Sene Absa.

Screenplay: “Salut cousin” by Algerian director Merzak Allouache.

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