Thomas Sankara, The Upright Man

  • Thomas Sankara, l'homme intègre
Genre : Biography
Type : Documentary
Original title : Thomas Sankara, l'homme Intégre
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2006
Format : Feature
Running time : 86 (in minutes)

L'homme integre è Thomas Sankara, presidente del Burkina Faso dal 1983 al 1987. Un uomo fuori dal comune che ha provato a combattere la stereotipata immagine dell'Africa e degli africani, cercando di valorizzare al massimo le proprie risorse e di aumentare l'indipendenza dall'Occidente. Il documentario riprende i quattro anni di governo di questo leader sorprendente, conosciuto in tutta l'Africa per le sue idee innovative, conosciuto come il'Che africano'. Attraverso numerose immagini d'archivio, testimonianze di collaboratori e uomini politici dell'epoca, il film rende omaggio a questo giovane uomo, brutalmente assassinato per essere andato troppo veloce nella sua corsa verso il cambiamento.

Francia - 2006

Regia: Robin Shuffield

Interpreti: Thomas Sankara

Durata: 52'

In 1984, aged thirty-four, the good-looking, uniform-clad Thomas Sankara became the President of the tiny country Upper Volta. His first act was to change the country's name to Burkina Faso, meaning'the land of upright people'. Sankara's charisma, hands on leadership, and forthright approach revitalised his country. He fought corruption and the power of the chiefs, refused to be dependent on the West, improved education, encouraged a self-sufficient agriculture sector and raised the status of women. But his revolutionary ideas disturbed the old colonial master, traditional leaders and the powerful middle class. Through archive footage and interviews with colleagues, friends, statesmen and ordinary Burkinabe we get a measure of this outstanding leader, and are introduced to his innovative ideas, devastating humour, character, personal morality and self-sacrifice.


9th edition of the Encounters South African International Documentary Festival | Johannesburg, 13 - 22 July 2007 | Cape Town, 20 July - 5 August 2007 |
> Selection (Category: International Titles)

8ème Ciné Sud | COZES, France | 07-08 avril 2007 |
> Hors compétition

PREMIERE MONDIALE : Hors Fespaco | OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso | 24 février - 03 mars 2007 |
> Projection en marge du festival : Centre Norbert Zongo


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  • Arterial network
  • 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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