Bravo, Burkina!

Director: Walé Oyéjidé
Screenwriters: Walé Oyéjidé

Institute History

  • 2023 Sundance Film Festival


Two voices provocatively ask, “How far must we go? How many masks must we wear? Before we see ourselves for who we are?” Walé Oyéjidé’s imaginative debut feature is the story of a Burkinabè boy who migrates to Italy but later discovers a way to go back in time to regain what he lost. The poetic story bends time to explore the meaning of existing in two states, coming and going, running away and running toward. It is a multidimensional exploration of love and migration. 

Oyéjidé’s characters are radiant. From the community in Burkina Faso to the two central protagonists walking the streets of an Italian village, Oyéjidé’s characters exude humanity and confidence. Oyéjidé is invested in evolving the narrative of migrants, leveraging his background in fashion to assert his characters’ dignity and fullness. Direct confrontations with the camera lure us in while an evocative score guides us through a dreamy, mystical journey. It’s a lyrical experience and one that flows beyond the frame. Bravo, Burkina! is a daring invitation to imagine what could be.

Screening Details


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