In Ouagadougou, Film Conveys the Hope for a World Free of Poverty

OUAGADOUGOU, April 21, 2013 - The World Bank once again showed its support for film-making by participating for the second time in the Ouagadougou Pan African Film Festival (FESPACO) and awarding the "prix de l'espoir" to the young Burkinese-Guinean film producer, Abraham Fofana, for his documentary "Le bois de la survie."

This prize of US$6,000 dollars (CFAF 3 million), first awarded in 2011, is given to the film that best highlights development work in the area of economic diversification. "Le bois de la survie," a 52-minute documentary, winner of the 2013 festival, portrays women who collect wood (fuel wood being their sole means of survival) and risk their lives to feed their families and educate their children. Abraham Fofana said that receiving this award "is something unexpected, but it greatly inspires me to pursue my career, which is in its early stages."


STORY HIGHLIGHTS
* The "prix de l'espoir" has been awarded to "Le bois de la survie," a documentary that highlights the dangerous work of wood cutters
* The World Bank introduced this prize in 2011 as part of the Ouagadougou Pan African Film Festival
* In Africa, the film industry is an awareness-raising vehicle for the general public and a full-fledged economic actor



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