Burkinabe Rising
Year:  2017
Running Time:  75 minutes
Country:  Burkina Faso/US
Genre:  Documentary
Venue:  Tiburon Library [1501 Tiburon Boulevard]
Cast:  Le Balai Citoyen, Serge Bayala, Bouda Blandine, Konaté Bomavé, Séré Boukson, Aimé Césa
Showtime:   Thursday, March 14, 2019 @ 06:30 PM
Director:  Iara Lee

  [Screening @ Tiburon Film Society]

A small landlocked country in West Africa, Burkina Faso is home to a vibrant community of artists, musicians, engaged citizens who carry on the revolutionary spirit of Thomas Sankara, killed in a coup d'état led by his best friend and advisor Blaise Compaoré, who then ruled the country as an autocrat for 27 years, until a massive popular insurrection led to his removal. Today, the spirit of resistance and political change is mightier than ever and it permeates every aspect of the Burkinabe life. It is an inspiration, not only to Africa, but to the rest of the world.

Country Overview:

Burkina Faso is a low-income ($615 gross per capita income in 2015), landlocked Sub-Saharan country, with limited natural resources. Its population, which is growing at an average annual rate of 3%, was estimated at almost 18.11 million inhabitants in 2015. The economy is heavily reliant on agricultural production, with close to 80% of the active population employed in the sector. Cotton is the country’s most important cash crop, while gold exports have gained importance in recent years.

Political Context:

In 2015, Burkina Faso turned a new page in its history. One year after the popular uprising of October 2014 that forced President Compaoré into exile after 27 years in power, the country held presidential and legislative elections. Roch Marc Christian Kaboré of the Mouvement du peuple pour le progrès (MPP) (People’s Movement for Progress) emerged as the first civilian president to be elected following free and transparent elections. The MPP also obtained a parliamentary majority. Municipal elections were held in May 2016.

Zéphirin Diabré of the Union pour le progrès et le changement (UPC) (Union for Progress and Change), placed second in the presidential elections and is now the leader of the opposition.

In July 2016, the Government of Burkina Faso adopted a new development strategy, as set forth in the 2016-2020 National Economic and Social Development Plan (PNDES), entailing an overall outlay of CFAF 15.478 billion (approximately $26.3 billion). Two thousand people were affected by the severe floods that hit the country in August 2016. In addition, on January 15, 2016 Burkina Faso was the target of a terrorist attack against a hotel and restaurant in Ouagadougou that claimed more than 29 lives.

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