Sarah Bouyain

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Sarah Bouyain (born 1968) is a French-Burkinabé writer and film director.


Bouyain was born in Reims, Marne, France. Her mother, who was French, and her father, who was half Burkinabé and half French, met in France while he was studying there.[1]

Having originally studied mathematics, Bouyain later shifted her attention to cinematography,[2] studying at the Louis Lumière School of Cinematography. She went on to work as a camerawomen for several films, and eventually directed several of her own.[3]

She wrote her book Metisse façon after researching her African heritage in Burkina Faso. She learned of the history of Upper Volta (as Burkina Faso was known in colonial times) and of children who were born to African women and French soldiers only to be forced to leave their mothers to live in orphanages. The characters in Metisse façon are based on these children.[4]

Bouyain has also written articles, mainly on the theme of mixed-race and exile, for Africultures, Presence Africaine and CODESRIA.[5]

Her first feature-length film is Notre Étrangère ("The Place In Between"; 2010), which The Hollywood Reporter called " A nicely observed docudrama about a biracial young French woman who goes back to her roots."[6] It premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.




  • Métisse façon (short stories; 2003)


  1. ^ "Sarah Bouyain – Entretien avec Jean-Louis Ughetto". (in French). La chambre d’échos. October 2002. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-06-16. 
  2. ^ "Métisse façon, recueil de nouvelles de Sarah Bouyain". (in French). La chambre d’échos. Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-06-16. 
  3. ^ "Sarah BOUYAIN". Les cinémas d'Afrique (in French). TV5MONDE. Retrieved 2007-06-16. 
  4. ^ Aron, Ariane (June 2003). "Métisse Façon-Un recueil de nouvelles de Sarah Bouyain". Amina (in French) 398. p. 66. Retrieved 2007-06-11. 
  5. ^ "Sarah Bouyain: Notre étrangère/The Place in Between", African Women in Cinema, 28 February 2011.
  6. ^ Michael Rechtshaffen, "The Place in Between -- Film Review", The Hollywood Reporter, September 28, 2010.

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