Dani Kouyaté (Burkina Faso)

Roy Armes

in African Filmmaking

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print August 2006 | ISBN: 9780748621231
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670789 | DOI:
Dani Kouyaté (Burkina Faso)

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This chapter focuses on filmmaker Dani Kouyaté. Kouyaté was born in Bobodioulasso, in Burkina Faso, in 1961. Descended from one of the most celebrated families of griots, his father was the celebrated griot and actor Sotigui Kouyaté, who plays the leading role in Dani's first feature. Kouyaté studied anthropology and filmmaking in Paris. While living in Paris, where he is still mostly based, he also founded a theatre company, ‘The Griot's Voice’/‘La Voix du griot’, which made several tours in Europe. In his first feature, Keita! The Heritage of the Griot/Keïta! L'Héritage du griot (1994), Kouyat' deals with the epic of Sundjata, which constitutes ‘the founding myth of Manding culture: it recounts the history of the foundation of the Mande empire by Sundjata Keïta, a great thirteenth-century warrior’.

Keywords: African filmmakers; Sotigui Kouyaté; Sundjata Keïta; griots

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Subjects: Film

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