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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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Gaston Kaboré
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Serge Yanogo Serge Yanogo ... Wendkouni
Rosine Yanogo Rosine Yanogo ... Pognere
Joseph Nikiema Joseph Nikiema ... Tinga
Colette Kaboré Colette Kaboré ... Lale
Simone Tapsoba Simone Tapsoba ... Koudbila
Yaya Wima Yaya Wima ... Bila
Martine Ouedraogo Martine Ouedraogo ... Timpoko
Boucare Ouedraogo Boucare Ouedraogo ... Razougou
Mohammed Thiombiano Mohammed Thiombiano
Jean Ouedraogo Jean Ouedraogo
Augustine Yameogo Augustine Yameogo ... Aunt
Naba Liguidi Naba Liguidi
Bernadette Nombre Bernadette Nombre
Saidou Ouedraogo Saidou Ouedraogo
Georgette Zongo 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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27 March 1983 (USA) See more »

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Nice look at traditional West Africa
9 May 1999 | by SaaBrianSee all my reviews

Wend Kuuni gives an interesting slice of life in a traditional West African society. The film was made in Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso) so I assume that's where it is set. The plot is ostensibly about a mute boy who is adopted. He was traumautized into muteness after he and his mother were chased out of their old village because she was thought to have been a witch. She died of exhaustion (literally) and he was found by a traveller who took him to another village. He is unable to communicate any of his past for a long time but while walking in a field at night, he views a corpse hanging from a tree and that stuns him into speech. The story was ok, but its forte was more in the presentation of very traditional life and customs in this West African country. It has a very slow, meandering pace to it, much like the culture itself. Not a chef d'oeuvre, but interesting nonetheless.


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