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A Feature film by Drissa Touré

Produced by 3B Productions

Release in France : 10/01/1996


    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...

    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


    "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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    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)


    Un Certain Regard