On 20 November, Lingnan University’s Centre for Cinema Studies organised a film screening of Buud Yam, a 1997 Burkinabé historical drama film written and directed by Gaston Kaboré, followed by a sharing session with Mr Kaboré.
Buud Yam is the sequel to Mr Kaboré’s film Wend Kuuni (1982), which was shown at the Agnes b Theatre, Hong Kong Art Centre on 17 November. For more details, please go to: http://www.ln.edu.hk/ccs/events/gaston/gaston.php
During the sharing session, Mr Kaboré thanked the audience for their comments and feedback on the film, some of which went beyond his expectations and inspired him to rethink the differences between African and non-African cultures and identities. When asked whether there will be a third addition to the series following Wend Kuuni and Buud Yam, Mr Kaboré said he has been working on it, but it takes time to review what has been done and to develop new ideas in response to the fast-changing world. He hopes the second sequel can be completed in two years.
On the film industry of Burkina Feso, his home country, Mr Kaboré said film is recognised by the government and his fellow countrymen and women as an important media to reflect upon their culture. Burkina Feso does not have much resources or a good system in place to develop its film industry, but digitalisation has made film-making much cheaper and more accessible. This is why Mr Kaboré has established his film school IMAGINE to groom film-making talent not only for Burkina Feso, but also the African continent.
Mr Kaboré was conferred an honorary doctoral degree at the University’s 44th Congregation in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the development of film culture.
Please click HERE to access podcast files of Mr Kaboré shot by the Department of Visual Studies of Lingnan University.