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The Crossing (La Traversée)

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After 10 years of hardship in Italy, Djibi returns to Burkina Faso where he recruits 6 young people to prepare them for the crossing to Europe that they absolutely want to accomplish to build the future they dream of. But his very particular coaching transforms their lives and helps them to accomplish their dreams, erasing their project over time. They discover that their future can be written at home. But for Akim, a local teenager who secretly imitates them, the adventure ends differently.


Award: FESPACO Special Jury Mention Jury, FESPACO Burkina Faso

  • Year
    2021
  • Runtime
    112 minutes
  • Language
    French
  • Country
    Burkina Faso
  • Premiere
    US
  • Director
    Irène Tassembedo
  • Screenwriter
    Irène Tassembedo
  • Producer
    Irène Tassembedo, Martial S. Zoongo
  • Executive Producer
    Sékou Traore, Sié Amed Kambou
  • Cast
    Galiam Bruno Henry, Sanvee Beno, Oumar Manet, Kiswensida Ali Ouédraogo, Bachir Tassembédo, Patrick Kabré, Landry Zadi, Marie-Ange Camara, Germaine Acogny, Dorian Guiard-Schmid, Isabelle Tassembedo, Minata Diéné, Basile Konombo, Gérard Ouédraogo
  • Cinematographer
    Philippe Radoux
  • Editor
    Djidril Sanogo
  • Production Design
    Irène Tassembedo
  • Sound Design
    Halassane Sanfo
  • Music
    Dramane Dembélé, Ardiouma Diabaté, Seydou Diabaté (Dit Kanazoé Balafon), François Du Bois, Bill Aka Kora, Josias Kiemdé, El Hadj Malik Faye, Yves Mesnil, Jeremy Nattagh