Thomas Sankara: The Upright Man

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Thomas Sankara: The Upright Man
Directed byRobin Shuffield
Screenplay byRobin Shuffield
Produced byZORN Production
CinematographyMarc Ridley, Robin Shuffield
Edited bySamuel Gantier, Serge Dietrich
Music byCyril Orcel
Release date
Running time
52 minutes

Thomas Sankara: The Upright Man (French:Thomas Sankara, l'homme intègre) is a 2006 documentary film about Thomas Sankara, former president of Burkina Faso. Sankara was known as "the African Che", and became famous in Africa due to his innovative ideas, his devastating humour, his spirit and his altruism. With a gun in one hand and Karl Marx's works in the other, Sankara became president at the age of 34 and served from 1983 to 1987. He immediately set out to shake the foundations of the country that he renamed from the French colonial Upper Volta to Burkina Faso, "Land of Upright Men." More than a classic biography, this film sheds light on the impact that this man and his politic made on Burkina Faso and Africa in general.[1][2] The man Sankara remains alive due to his charisma and legacy.


  1. ^ Delafin, Antoinette (15 October 2007). "Thomas Sankara crève l'écran". Radio France Internationale (in French). Retrieved 15 March 2012.
  2. ^ "Thomas Sankara: The Upright Man". California Newsreel. Retrieved 15 March 2012.

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