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Title:

WEND KUUNI

Title English:GOD'S GIFT
Country:Burkina Faso 1982
Format:16 mm
Colour:Colour
Language:OF m. dt. UT
Length:75 Minutes
Age:ab 10 Jahre
Film series:Jenseits von Europa IV


Director :Kaboré, Gaston
Screenplay:Kaboré, Gaston
Cinematography:Thiombiano, Issaka
Editing:Davanture, Andrée
Music:Guirma, René B.
Sound:Koné, Boubakar
  
Cast:Kaboré, Collette
 Nikiema, Joseph
 Yanogo, Rosine
 Yanogo, Serge
Production company:Direction de la Cinématographie Nationale (DCN)



Storyline



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Koubila`s husband died and she is convinced that he`ll come back so she won`t marry anyone else although tradition wants her to. Therefore she has to leave and will die a few years later. Then, her son ends up living with another family...

In pre-colonial times a peddler crossing the savanna discovers a child lying unconscious in the bush. When the boy regains consciousness, he is mute and cannot explain who he is. The peddler leaves him with a family in the nearest village who adopt him and give him the name "Wend Kuuni" (God`s Gift) and a loving sister with whom he bonds. Wend Kuuni regains his speech only after witnessing a tragic event that prompts him to reveal his own painful history.

This gentle fable, by one of the most celebrated directors of African cinema, emphasises the importance of traditional values in modern Africa.
(Africultures)

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