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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bakary Sangaré ...
Samba Traoré
Mariam Kaba ...
Saratou
Abdoulaye Komboudri ...
Salif
Irène Tassembedo ...
Binta
Moumouni Campaoré ...
Af
Sibidou Ouédraogo
Krin Casimir Traoré ...
Seydou
Firmine Coulebaly
Hippolyte Wangrawa ...
Israël
Mady Dermé
Joseph Traoré
Noufou Ouédraogo
Yousouf Traoré
Daouda Sanogo
Fà Traoré
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Samba Traore returns to his village flush with funds. Soon enough he manages to charm the beautiful Saratou into marrying him and, along with another friend, builds the first bar their village has ever seen. But his conscience keeps nagging him and the police are on the lookout for the "gas station murderer." Written by Amitabha Bagchi <bagchi@jhu.edu>

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Burkinabe director Idrissa Ouedraogo films an allegory of African realities.
5 October 2013 | by (Paris,France) – See all my reviews

Burkinabe film "Samba Traoré" chronicles the changes which ill gotten money bring in a person as well as in his community of residence. Although the story takes place in a remote village in Burkina Faso, it is not difficult to recognize an indigenous African tale which reveal African people with their customs, dreams, frustrations and traditions. It catches viewers' attention as it has been shot as a fable with the victory of good over evil. Apart from excellent performances from leading characters Samba and Saratou, Idrissa Ouedraogo paints a somber portrait of Burkina Faso with problems related to a difficult child birth, incidents of gambling and a marriage of convenience. One key message which emanates from this film is that there is tremendous resentment of local people towards people who have acquired immense wealth in a short duration of time. This is one reason why owing to social pressure and stigma, a wrong doer can never sleep in peace as the past can always have unpleasant consequences. One caveat about "Samba Traoré" is that it could have been developed as a better thriller but ends like a drama. This is probably the reason why no viewer would claim to state that this film had any spectacular dramatic end as its end was something which one could have guessed easily.


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