God's Gift

  • Wend Kuuni, le don de Dieu
Genre : Adventure
Type : Fiction
Original title : Wênd kûuni, le don de dieu
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 1982
Format : Feature
Running time : 75 (in minutes)

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.

A film by Gaston Kaboré | Burkina Faso 1982 | 1h08min | DVD | Moré with English subtitles |

· Réalisateur / Director: Gaston Kaboré
· Scénario / Script: Gaston Kaboré
· Photo / Cinematography: Issaka Thiombiano
· Montage /Editor: Andrée Davanture
· Son / Sound: Boubakar Koné
· Musique / Music: René B. Guirma
· 75' · 35 mm · F · Coul/Col

· Int/Cast : Rosine Yaméogo, Serge Yanogo, Joseph Nikiema, Collette Kaboré, Simone Tapsoba

· Prod : Direction de la Cinématographie Nationale (Ouagadougou)
with the support of ACCT (actuelle OIF, Paris)
Distribution : Kino Video


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  • Media, Sports and Entertainment Group (MSE)
  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
  • Afrilivres

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