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Le poids du serment



Name: Le poids du serment

Country: Burkina Faso

Year of publication: 2009

Format: DVD

Color: color

Language : OF m. dt. UT

Duration: 87 Minuten

Direction: Sanou, Kollo Daniel

Actor: Cissoko, Fousseni; Sombie, Bintou; Zerbo. Mamadou


The "Dozos" are a community of hunters who command great respect and have spiritual influence far beyond Burkina Faso. Whoever wants to be accepted into their ranks has to undergo an initiation ceremony – like the two friends Sibiri and Nyama. But Sibiri loves Nyama`s wife. While hunting, he lures his friend into a trap and then declares him dead. However, Nyama survives, though loses his memory and with it the understanding of nature passed on to him by the Dozos. He ends up in a Protestant sect and one day returns to his village as a preacher.
The film points to the push of Christian fundamentalists into West Africa. According to the director, the continent of Africa "is centre stage for confrontations between traditional and revealed religions in the 21st century”.