Samba Traoré

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Samba Traoré
Directed by Idrissa Ouedraogo
Produced by Idrissa Ouedraogo
Written by Idrissa Ouedraogo
Santiago Amigorena
Jacques Arhex
Starring Bakary Sangaré
Mariam Kaba
Abdoulaye Komboudri
Music by Faton Cahen
Wasis Diop
Cinematography Pierre-Laurent Chénieux
Mathieu Vadepied
Edited by Joëlle Dufour
Distributed by New Yorker Films (U.S.)
Release date
September 10, 1993
Running time
85 minutes
Country Burkina Faso
South Africa
Language More

Samba Traoré (1993) is a Burkinabé drama film directed by Idrissa Ouedraogo. It was entered into the 43rd Berlin International Film Festival where it won the Silver Bear.[1]


Two men hold up a gas station in the middle of the night. One of them is killed. The other one, Samba, flees with a suitcase full of money. He returns to his village with his new fortune and starts a new life. He opens a bar, gets married… But he cannot forget what he did. He lives in constant fear of getting caught by the police and his neighbors wonder about his past… Can one forget the murky past and return to a normal life so easily?


  1. ^ "Berlinale: 1993 Prize Winners". Retrieved 2011-06-05. 

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