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Yaaba (1989)

A small African village. The story focuses on Bila, a ten year old boy who befriends an old woman, Sana. Everybody calls her 'Witch' but Bila himself calls her 'Yaaba' (grandmother). When ... See full summary »

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Idrissa Ouedraogo
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3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
Fatimata Sanga Fatimata Sanga ... Yaaba
Noufou Ouédraogo Noufou Ouédraogo ... Bila
Roukietou Barry Roukietou Barry ... Nopoko
Adama Ouédraogo Adama Ouédraogo ... Kougri
Amadé Toure Amadé Toure ... Tibo
Sibidou Ouédraogo Sibidou Ouédraogo ... Poko
Adame Sidibe Adame Sidibe ... Razougou
Rasmané Ouédraogo ... Noaga (as Rasmane Ouedraogo)
Kinda Moumouni Kinda Moumouni ... Finse
Assita Ouedraogo ... Koudi
Zenabou Ouedraogo Zenabou Ouedraogo ... Pegda
Ousmane Sawadogo Ousmane Sawadogo ... Taryam
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A small African village. The story focuses on Bila, a ten year old boy who befriends an old woman, Sana. Everybody calls her 'Witch' but Bila himself calls her 'Yaaba' (grandmother). When Bilas cousin Nopoko gets sick it is Sana's medicine who saves her. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Drama | Family

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The white thing that Nopoko wears on her brow is a cowrie shell, a traditional unit of currency and piece of jewelry in West Africa. See more »

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Featured in The Beautiful Person (2008) See more »

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a malinke tale of two generations !
3 July 2004 | by etoukestephSee all my reviews

The very touching story of Yaaba examines a major aspect of African and societies; the complicity between the young and the old. Through his contact with Yaaba, the young man discovers his ability to comfort her. As he chooses to ignore the distance set by the rest of the village he undoubtedly becomes a man.

Director Ouedraogo visits a theme he knows, as he grew up in a rural setting. The emotions aroused as he pictures the Savannah countryside wearing a pale aspect during the Harmattan season is perfect. The sounds of nature are beautifully captured, and the sharp voices of the innocent children seem to cast a spell of immortality over this old lady.

A proof that where such inspiration and ability to convey emotions exists, appropriate means can contribute to making better movies. Idrissa Ouedraogo's script could have been better exploited by a more experienced crew. The inadequacy between the emotions expressed and the music is unfortunate, though the script makes this a good movie.


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6 October 1989 (USA) See more »

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1.85 : 1
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