Fiche Film
COURT Métrage | 1991
Thomas Sankara, l’espoir assassiné
Titre original : Thomas Sankara, le baobab de Dagnoen
Date de sortie en France : 20/05/1991
Pays concerné : République démocratique du Congo
Durée : 26 minutes
Genre : portrait
Type : documentaire


Comment évoquer la mémoire d’une figure disparue sans tomber dans le piège du mythe ? Sur quelle vérité historique se fonder ? Et cette vérité existe-t-elle ? Balufu Bakupa-Kanyinda cite d’entrée Sankara pour répondre à ces questions : « Je crois qu’il y a trois façons d’être : tel que les autres vous perçoivent, tel que l’on se perçoit, et la vérité qui est entre ces deux visions d’un même individu ».

Thomas Sankara, Balufu BAKUPA-KANYINDA, République Démocratique du Congo (ex Zaïre) / France / United Kingdom, 26 min, 1991, Documentaire, 16 mm couleur.
Production : Channel Four (United Kingdom / Royaume Uni).

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Captain Thomas Sankara was the leader of the Burkinabe Revolution. In the former Upper Volta known today as Burkina Faso, a group of men decided to launch a revolution that would enable the country « to accept the responsibility of its reality and its destiny with human dignity ». Thomas Sankara belongs to the group of African leaders who wanted to give the continent in general and their countries in particular a new socio-political dimension


Thomas Sankara
Captain Thomas Sankara was the leader of the Burkinabe Revolution. This film is a biographical profile of the revolutionary, the improvements he generated in his country and the new socio-political dimension he instituted in Burkina Faso.
How to evoke the memory of a figure disappeared without falling into the trap of the myth? On what historical truth be based? And this truth exists? Balufu cites Sankara input to answer these questions: « I believe there are three ways to be: as others perceive you, as it sees itself, and the truth is that between these two visions of a single individual « . It was on this vision that he built his film: a parade of vintage photographs, family members are keys by the portrait of the man before Sankara speaks for itself. More than ever, the memory is not just a matter of remembrance it is affirmation of dignity. The Upper Volta will be on August 2, 1984 « the homeland of free men and dignified. » The success of these pictures is to provide background documents the consonance of the news. The filmmaker’s voice just add the sensitivity of a human reflection of a poetic resumed as a leitmotif: « The sun never sets: the man away from the light. »

Thomas Sankara, from Balufu BAKUPA-KANYINDA, Democratic Republic of Congo / France / United Kingdom, 26 min, 1991, Documentary, 16 mm color. Production : Channel Four (United Kingdom).

DVD available
To be ordered from ArtMattan Productions ( Language: French w/ English subtitles