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A Feature film by Drissa Touré

Produced by 3B Productions

Release in France : 10/01/1996

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Actors (4)

Production and distribution (4)

Executive Producer :

3B Productions

Film exports/foreign sales :

3B Productions

Foreign production company :

Lolo films

French distribution :

Tadrart Films


Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso : its tower blocks and shanty towns, the moder city's opulence rubbing shoulders with the poverty of the suburbs. Through the family of Fousseini, a devout Muslim and upholder of Islamic tradition, "Haramuya" paints the portrait of a city caught in the twin traps of modernism and traditionalism. Fousseini tries to run his family in accordance with his ancestral code of honour. One of his sons, a projectionist, supports the whole family against his wife's better judgment. The other son hangs around in Ouagadougou all day, searching for his fiancée...


"Haramuya" is an urban chronicle. The film is a mosaic, a portrait gallery of characters interwoven with their situations. The city has commandeered its inhabitants' lives. Used to community living within a system of traditional laws, they find themselves in an impersonal housing complex where the Law is based on modern legitimacy. The aim of the film is not to condemn a system but to denounce its effects, i.e. the kinds of behaviour each person may be faced with. In a way it is an alarm bell against cultural dispossession, for those who consume the image of others take on their culture."

(Drissa Touré)

Full credits (9)

Executive Producer :

Jean Bréhat

Screenwriter :

Drissa Touré

Sound Recordist :

Issa Traoré

Editor :

Kahena Attia-Riveill

Music Composer :

Cheick Tidiane Seck

Adapter/dialogue writer :

Drissa Touré

Director of Photography :

François Kuhnel

Press Attachés (film) :

Thierry Lenouvel, Isabelle Buron

Production Designer :

Christian Boglo

Technical details

Feature film

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Production language :

African dialect

Production country :

Burkina Faso

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Nationality :

Majority French (Burkina Faso)

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Runtime :

1 h 27 min

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Posters (1)


Festival Selections

Cannes International Film Festival - 1995

Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1995)


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