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Wend Kuuni (1982)

In pre-colonial times a peddler crossing the savanna discovers a child lying unconscious in the bush. When the boy comes to, he is mute and cannot explain who he is. The peddler leaves him ... See full summary »

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Serge Yanogo ...
Wendkouni
Rosine Yanogo ...
Pognere
Joseph Nikiema ...
Tinga
Colette Kaboré ...
Lale
Simone Tapsoba ...
Koudbila
Yaya Wima ...
Bila
Martine Ouedraogo ...
Timpoko
Boucare Ouedraogo ...
Razougou
Mohammed Thiombiano
Jean Ouedraogo
Augustine Yameogo ...
Aunt
Naba Liguidi
Bernadette Nombre
Saidou Ouedraogo
Georgette Zongo
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In pre-colonial times a peddler crossing the savanna discovers a child lying unconscious in the bush. When the boy comes to, he is mute and cannot explain who he is. The peddler leaves him with a family in the nearest village. After a search for his parents, the family adopts him, giving 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. Written by Excerpted from the Harvard Film Archive Bulletin.

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A moving study of loss, silence and healing set in a West African village
17 May 1999 | by (Chicago, USA) – See all my reviews

This is a wonderful film about a young boy who is found abandoned outside a village by a traveling trader. The trader takes the boy to the nearest village and he is lovingly raised by a family as their own son. The boy has been struck mute by trauma he experienced in his childhood and we witness his adaptation to his new life and the development of an intense friendship between the boy and his adoptive sister. The film has a lot to say about gender relationships, youth and the power of love to heal past trauma.


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