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Yam Daabo

(The Choice, Idrissa Ouédraogo, 1986) 

Introduced by Aboubakar Sanogo, African Film Heritage Project

New Restoration

A side view of a Black woman wearing a brightly colored garment. She appears to be preparing to drink from her hands.

Considered one of the most visually beautiful African films, Yam Daabo follows a family navigating bitter choices for survival and freedom.

Award-winning director Idrissa Ouédraogo was best known for his films that explored tensions between tradition and modernity in his native Burkina Faso. In his first feature Yam Daabo (The Choice), a young family from the Sahel region courageously decides to forgo international assistance from USAID and journey in search of a new home where they can be self-sufficient and live with dignity. Once settled, tensions rise as two suitors compete for the hand of the family’s daughter. In Mooré with English subtitles. (80 mins., 4K DCP)

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Yam Daabo, courtesy of the Film Foundation.

"A beautifully composed, emotionally triumphant film."
Caryn James, New York Times

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About the speaker

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Aboubakar Sanogo is the North American Regional Secretary for the Pan African Federation of Filmmakers (FEPACI), Africa’s most important filmmakers organization. He is currently working on the African Film Heritage Project (AFHP), a partnership between FEPACI, Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation, and UNESCO, which seeks to preserve and restore significant African films. He is an associate professor in film studies at Carleton University in Ottawa. 

Restored by The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project and Cineteca di Bologna at L’Immagine Ritrovata and L’Image Retrouvée laboratories, in collaboration with Les Films de la Plaine and the family of Idrissa Ouédraogo. Restoration funded by the Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation.

This restoration is part of the African Film Heritage Project, an initiative created by The Film Foundation's World Cinema Project, the Pan African Federation of Filmmakers and UNESCO―in collaboration with Cineteca di Bologna―to help locate, restore, and disseminate African cinema.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Sarah Maldoror: Tricontinental Cinema.

FILM/VIDEO PROGRAMS MADE POSSIBLE BY 
National Endowment for the Arts 
Ohio Humanities

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY 
Rohauer Collection Foundation

WEXNER CENTER PROGRAMS MADE POSSIBLE BY 
Ohio Department of Development

Greater Columbus Arts Council

The Wexner Family 
Institute of Museum and Library Services

Ohio Arts Council, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts 
CampusParc 
Ohio State’s Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme 
The Columbus Foundation 
Nationwide Foundation 
Vorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pease

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY 
Mike and Paige Crane 
Axium Packaging 
Nancy Kramer 
Ohio State Energy Partners 
Ohio History Fund/Ohio History Connection 
Larry and Donna James 
Bruce and Joy Soll 
Rebecca Perry Damsen and Ben Towle 
Jones Day 
Alex and Renée Shumate

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