Yaaba
 
 
Directed by Idrissa Ouedraogo, Burkino Faso 1989
90 mins. Mòoré dialogue with English sub-titles
 
Summary:
 
In a small African village, elderly Sana is ostracised, but 10-year-old Bila doesn't think she's a witch like everyone else. He even calls her 'Yaaba', which means grandmother. After Bila's cousin, Nopoko, becomes deathly ill and Sana saves her, Bila comes to Sana's defence when the village medicine man accuses her of taking Nopoko's soul. It isn't until after Sana's death that the real reason behind the village's hatred comes to light.
 
What the Critics say:
 
"A wonderful portrait of Third World life that will leave you with a sense of real peace."  (John Minson - Empire Magazine)