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Aboubakar Sanogo

Critique de cinéma, Professeur
Burkina Faso


Aboubakar Sidiki SANOGO (Burkina Faso) travaille comme critique de cinéma et enseigne le cinéma à la Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada).
En 2007, il a été Délégué Général de la Semaine de La Guilde au FESPACO (Festival Panafricain du Film et de la Télévision de Ouagadougou).


Aboubakar Sanogo is Assistant Professor, Film Studies at Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada).

Aboubakar Sanogo received in MA (2001) and Ph.D. (2009) in Critical Studies from the School of Cinematic Arts of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. His doctoral dissertation is the first comprehensive examination of the history of documentary film in Africa in the colonial era. He is also currently Undergraduate Supervisor in Film Studies at Carleton University.

His recent interests include African cinema, documentary, world cinema, colonial cinema, cinephilia and the relationship between film form, history and theory. His writings in both academic and journalistic outlets have appeared in Framework Journal, Ecce Journal (in Japanese), The Africa Report, and Ecrans d’Afrique/African Screen. He is currently working on publishing his dissertation, and preparing a monograph on the cinema of Med Hondo.

Aboubakar Sanogo is also the founder of the Carleton University World Cinema Forum which seeks to study national, regional, continental and global film cultures, institutions, stakeholders and debates with the ultimate goal of establishing Carleton as a major destination for the study of World Cinema.

He is also affiliated with the Institute of African Studies at Carleton where he has contributed to the launch of the Institute and its activities. He is currently preparing a pilot summer study abroad project which will involve taking students of Carleton to study both Burkinabe and African cinema in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (the home of African cinema), in partnership with Gaston Kabore’s Imagine Institute.

Prior to coming to Carleton University, Aboubakar Sanogo taught in the US and in Europe in such universities as Georgetown University, American University, the University of Paris I (La Sorbonne-Pantheon), the University of Paris III (Sorbonne Nouvelle) and the University of Paris VII (Denis Diderot).

In addition to teaching, Aboubakar Sanogo is also a film curator and has curated film programs at such institutions as the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC and at the Pan African Film Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO) in Burkina Faso where he was Delegate General of a parallel section of the festival called Guilde’s Week.

He has been awarded fellowships and visiting scholarships from the Smithsonian Institution, the University of Iowa and the Ford Foundation.

He has been interviewed by such media outlets as the Washington Post, the Washington City Paper, the BBC, TV5 Monde, CTV News, the Globe and Mail, and the National Post.

He was Delegate General, curating Guilde’s Week, a new section of the Pan African Film Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO).

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