GenreDrama, History ScreenplayGaston Kabore WriterGaston Kabore LanguageMore
Release dateSeptember 10, 1997 (France) CastColette Kaboré (Lale), Joséphine Kaboré, Mariama Ly, Amssatou Maïga (Pughneere), Hyppolite Ouangrawa, Sévérine Oueddouda (Somkeita) Similar moviesBrooklyn, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Still Alice, The Immigrant, Awakenings, Lolita
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Buud Yam is a 1997 Burkinabé historical drama film written and directed by Gaston Kaboré. It is the sequel to the film Wend Kuuni. As of 2001, it was the most popular African film ever in Burkina Faso.
The film draws on the African oral tradition. Set in a nineteenth century village, it follows a group of characters from Kaboré's debut film Wend Kuuni. Wend Kuuni (Serge Yanogo) is a young man who is suspected of being responsible, through the use of sorcery, for his adopted sister's ill health. To help his sister, and clear his name, he tries to find a healer who uses the legendary "lion's herbs". He also searches for his own roots.
Distribution and awards
In 1997, Buud Yam was shown at the Cannes Film Festival during Directors Fortnight and had its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. It won the Etalon de Yennega (the Grand Prize) at the 15th Ouagadougou Panafrican Film and Television Festival.