Subtitle:Question d'honneur
Country:Burkina Faso 1990
Format:35 mm
Language:OF m. dt. UT
Length:81 Minutes
Film series:Jenseits von Europa III

Director :Ouédraogo, Idrissa
Screenplay:Ouédraogo, Idrissa
Cinematography:Chénieux, Pierre-Laurent
 Monsigny, Jean
Editing:Barnier, Luc
Music:Ibrahim, Abdullah
Sound:Arnardi, Vincent
 Comte, Alix
Cast:Barry, Roukietou
 Cissé, Ina
 Ouedraogo, Rasmane
Producer:Ouédraogo, Idrissa
Production company:Films de l'Avenir (Les)
 Rhéa Films
 Waka Films


Saga returns to his village after a two-year absence. A lot has changed. His fiancée Nogma has become his father`s second wife. Yet Saga and Nogma, still in love with each other, break the law of the community and have an affair. For the village, this is incest and Saga must die. Kougri, his own brother is appointed to kill him, but lets him escape. Saga hides out at an aunt`s and is joined by Nogma.
Set in a pre-colonial African past, Tilai is about an illicit love affair and its consequences. Saga returns to his village after an extended absence to discover that his father has taken Nogma, Saga`s promised bride, for himself. Still in love with each other, the two begin an affair, although it would be considered incestuous. In Burkina Faso, the concept of honour is essential in the structure of traditional societies, and it rules over any notion of family and blood. Ya tilaï, that is the law.
The film delicately portrays the complexities of traditional law and customs in a West African village, though it ultimately speaks to a universal humanity through its unconventional love story. Highly acclaimed Burkinabe director Idrissa Ouedraogo is regarded as one of the best-known African filmmakers internationally and a pioneer of West African cinema. (Africultures)

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