is a 1997 Burkinabé historical drama film
written and directed by Gaston Kaboré
. As of 2001, it was the most popular African
film ever in Burkina Faso.
The film draws on the African oral tradition. Set in a nineteenth century
village, it follows a group of characters from Kaboré's debut film Wend Kuuni
. Wend Kuuni (Serge Yanogo
) is a young man who is suspected of being responsible, through the use of sorcery
, for his adopted sister's ill health. To help his sister, and clear his name, he tries to find a healer who uses the legendary "lion's herbs". He also searches for his own roots.
Distribution and awards
In 1997, Buud Yam
was shown at the Cannes Film Festival
during Directors Fortnight
and had its North American premiere
at the Toronto Film Festival
. It won the Etalon de Yennega (the Grand Prize) at the 15th Ouagadougou Panafrican Film and Television Festival