Wednesday, April 25 at Landmark’s E Street Cinema
Burkina Faso/USA, 6 x 8 min episodes (48 min total)
If all politics is local, as they say, then so is all peace. The town of Saaba in Burkina Faso has gained international attention for its efforts to combat divisions in a region affected by violent extremism; in the Sahel region of West Africa, it borders strongholds of both Boko Haram and ISIS, so security is no small matter. But resilience is only as strong as community, and that means tackling problems of local crime and everyday justice, child welfare, and neighborhood relations. This documentary in six short parts profiles five individuals—a genial police officer; an earnest vigilante; a devoted social worker; a Muslim cleric; and a tribal chief’s spokesman—who come together in the last episode to share their concerns. Their efforts are sponsored by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), which gave DC-based Meridian Pictures—director Brandon and producer Lance Kramer (City of Trees)—access for this fascinating, authentic work that is more than the sum of its parts.—Judy Bloch
In French and local languages with English subtitles
Followed by a discussion about filmmaking and peacebuilding with Lance and Brandon Kramer of Meridian Hill Pictures and Philippe Leroux-Martin of USIP.
Filmfest DC - SAABAWednesday, April 25, 2018 6:00 PM
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