Yam Daabo

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Yam Daabo (The Choice)
Directed by Idrissa Ouedraogo
Produced by Les Films de l'Avenir
Screenplay by Idrissa Ouédraogo
Starring Aoua Guiraud Bologo Moussa Assita Ouedraogo Fatimata Ouedraogo Rasmine Ouedraogo
Music by Francis Bebey
Cinematography Jean Monsigny Sékou Ouedraogo Issaka Thiombiano
Edited by Arnaud Blin
Release date
  • 1986 (1986)
Running time
78 minutes
Country Burkina Faso

Yam Daabo, also released under the title Le Choix, is a 1986 Burkinabè film directed by Idrissa Ouedraogo. The film is the director's first feature film and has received several awards including the Georges-Sadoul Prize in 1986.


The story takes place in Burkina Faso. Poverty grows with each year that passes at Gourga, a village on the borders of the Sahel. The inhabitants must choose: either wait for international assistance to arrive or travel to a richer area of the country. Salam, a peasant, and his family opt for the second solution despite the sacrifices that this entails. They begin a new life and they rediscover what hunger had made them forget: love, joy, hate and violence.

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