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Dir. Apolilne Traoré
Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Nigeria, Benin, Sénégal. 2016. 90 mins. French with English subtitles.
The paths of four very different women converge in this free spirited road movie across western Africa. Each is making the long trip from Bamako in Mali to Nigeria’s bustling capital Lagos, passing through Burkina Faso and Benin on the way. Crammed together on a stifling bus, they take in the breathtaking landscapes of coastal and Sahelian countries. But when bus breakdowns, traffic jams, highway robbers, fights between passengers and, worst of all, corrupt and violent border customs officers ensues, these initially private women join forces. Borders is an affecting and at times funny drama about female friendship and empowerment, which also highlights a growing regional problem in west Africa, where lack of integration is thwarting policies on the free circulation of people and goods.
Eligible for the Film Africa 2017 Audience Award
Apolline Traoré was born in 1976 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. After traveling around the world with her father who worked for the United Nations, she ended up at Emerson College in Boston, USA for film school. In 1998, she obtained her Master’s degree in directing and then moved to Los Angeles. In 2005 she decided to return to her country to tell stories about her continent.