In Dédougou, Burkina Faso, director Chloé Aïcha Boro's family courtyard is the scene of conflict. When her uncle, the region's religious authority and guarantor of the transmission of Islam, dies, the balance in the courtyard is shattered. This meeting place and family life, but also a place of passage and prayer for believers, becomes the centre of a fundamental conflict between the age-old tradition of transmission by oral legacy and modern, Western-inspired justice. AL DJANAT, meaning the original paradise, deals with the question of inheritance in West Africa. Based on a personal story, the director explores the complexity and consequences of a changing society.
With director Chloé Aïcha Boro in attendance
AL DJANAT Direction: Chloé Aïcha Boro, DCP, OmeU, 84 min
After studying modern literature, the French-Burkin writer and filmmaker Chloé Aïcha Boro first worked as a journalist in print media. Then she started making documentaries, and her very first long documentary, FARAFIN KO, won awards at several festivals. LE LOUP D'OR DE BALOLÉ, was awarded the Étalon d'or at Fespaco 2019, then the "Trophée Francophone 2021". AL DJANAT won the special prize of the city of Ouagadougou at Fespaco 2023. It has been screened in competition at Vision du Réel in Switzerland and at Hot Docs in Toronto. Chloé Aïcha Boro is also a producer at the Burkinabe company "Productions métissées".