FEPACI: « Finyè » by Souleymane Cissé screened as part of FESPACO Classics

“My deepest hope is to make the sequel to my film because this story is not complete. And if I don’t deliver, let my children do it “, said Souleymane Cissé, Malian director of feature film « Finyè », during the screening at Ciné Burkina on Sunday 26 February 2023.

Bah, a young student, is the grandson of Kansaye, a descendant of the great traditional chiefs of the region. He is the friend of Batrou, the daughter of one of the new government’s representatives. Bah and Batrou belong to a generation that bucks the established order, the society of their fathers, without knowing what to have instead. The tampered exam results trigger a confrontation with the authorities. The repression planned and organized by Governor Sangaré will only add on the discontent of young students…
The idea behind this series of screenings, in collaboration with the Pan-African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO), is to restore a number of historically important films by African authors, said Aboubakar Sanogo, FEPACI Regional Secretary for Northern America. The restoration of films by African authors falls under the FEPACI Archives project.
In total, fifty African films are involved in this project. According to Mr Sanogo, the project was launched at FESPACO 2017, and provides a unique opportunity to show these films to festival-goers from all over the world.