Buud Yam

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Buud Yam
Directed by Gaston Kaboré
Produced by Gaston Kaboré[1]
Written by Gaston Kaboré
Starring Serge Yanogo
Music by Michel Portal
Cinematography Jean-Noël Ferragut
Edited by Marie-Jeanne Kanyala
Didier Ranz
Distributed by Africa Film Library
Release date
September 10, 1997 (France)
Running time
97 minutes
Country Burkina Faso
Language More[2]

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.[3]


The film draws on the African oral tradition.[4] Set in a nineteenth century village, it follows a group of characters from Kaboré's debut film Wend Kuuni.[5] 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.[5][6]

Distribution and awards[edit]

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.[1] It won the Etalon de Yennega (the Grand Prize) at the 15th Ouagadougou Panafrican Film and Television Festival.[7]



  1. ^ a b "Buud Yam". Variety. Retrieved 2008-01-16. [dead link]
  2. ^ Eke, Maureen N.; Kenneth W. Harrow; Emmanuel Yewah (2000). African Images: Recent Studies and Text in Cinema. Africa World Press. pp. 31–39. ISBN 0-86543-819-6. 
  3. ^ Steinglass, Matt (2001). "Open Windows On Distant Worlds; In Burkina Faso, An African Cannes". The New York Times Company. Retrieved 2008-01-16. 
  4. ^ "Africa South of the Sahara". FilmReference.com. 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-16. 
  5. ^ a b Deming, Mark. "Budd Yam". Allmovie. Retrieved 2008-01-16. 
  6. ^ "Buud Yam Synopsis". British Film Institute. Retrieved 2008-02-11. 
  7. ^ "Toronto festival gets 'Eve's Bayou' preem". Variety. 1997-07-08. Archived from the original on February 3, 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-16. 

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