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FilmMaker : Borders (2017) by Apolline Traoré

Artistic Minds. Frontières by Apolline Traoré.⁠

Today we have a very special recommendation. The film Frontières (Borders) 2017.⁠

Four women from different regions develop friendships during a bus journey across West Africa, as they accomplish an everyday journey while facing the universal challenge of being independent women.

Who is this #remarkablewoman ?

The film’s director, Apolline Traoré, was born in Burkina Faso and educated in the US before returning to the country of her birth and working with Idrissa Ouédraogo. Borders is her third feature, a road movie about four very different women travelling across beautifully evoked landscapes from Senegal to Nigeria, having melodramatic, shocking or comic episodes on the hot and dusty .

Apolline Traoré (born 1976, Ouagadougou) is a Burkinabé filmmaker.

She was born in 1976 in Ouagadougou. Her father's profession, a diplomat, led to her travelling the world. At the age of 17, her family moved to the United States and she began her studies at Emerson College in Boston, a well known institution in the field of art and communication.

In the 2000s, she directed several short films, including

The Price of Ignorance in 2000 (about a Bostonian rape victim) and Kounandi in 2003, which was selected for the 2004 Toronto International Film Festival. She produced her own feature film, Sous la clarté de la lune, in 2004.

She returned to Burkina Faso in 2005 and started working with Idrissa Ouédraogo. In 2008, she directed a television series, Le testament.

The feature films that made her known were Moi Zaphira (2013) and Frontières (2018), a film awards two prizes in February 2017 at Fespaco, a film festival of Ouagadougou.


  • Desrances (2019)

  • Borders (2017)

  • Moi Zaphira (2013)

  • La testament (2008)

  • Sous la clarté de la lune (2004)

  • Korundai (2004)

  • Monia et Rama (2002)

  • The Price of Ignorance (2000)

Pic and credit Apolline Traoré,⁠

Curator @munllonch⁠


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