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Ruin and renewal in Idrissa Oudraogo's Yaaba

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Beneath the seemingly simple story of Yaaba (1989) by Idrissa Oudraogo (Burkina Faso), Marie-Magdeleine Chirol uncovers various layers of meaning and dwells on the metaphorical and symbolical nuances of the film. Her analysis first emphasizes the echoing structural pattern present in the film narrative. Next, it focuses on the cycles of appearances and disappearances that eventually lead to a dialectics of ruin and renewal. In her conclusion, Chirol expands on the motif of ruins as part of a larger perspective on the pervading theme of childhood in films by other directors from Burkina Faso, such as Gaston Kabor, Pierre Yamogo and Dani Kouyat. Indeed, the symbiosis between the young and the elderly, as well as the search for identity, fits within the scope of renewal.

Keywords: Oudraogo; Yaaba; child; echo; renew; ruin

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/jac.1.2.159/1

Affiliations: Whittier College.

Publication date: December 1, 2009

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  • The Journal of African Cinemas will explore the interactions of visual and verbal narratives in African film. It recognizes the shifting paradigms that have defined and continue to define African cinemas. Identity and perception are interrogated in relation to their positions within diverse African film languages. The editors are seeking papers that expound on the identity or identities of Africa and its peoples represented in film. 
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