Kounandi (Burkina Faso: 2004)


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Cast list

Coty Deborah             Kounandi

Noufou Ouedraogo   Karim

Aminata Dao              Awa

Olga Toe                      Miriam


Nicolas Cand             Producer

Idrissa Ouedraogo   Executive Producer

Manu Dibango          Music

Daniel Bareau           Cinematography

Nicolas Barachin      Film Editing

Emmanuel Sanou     Production Design


Kounandi is a dwarf and is rejected and abused by the people of his village because of this. Her mother Miriam, his adoptive mother, protected him from this abuse. However, her husband accused Miriam of adultery and killed her leaving Kounandi alone.The Kounandi falls secretly in love with Karim whom is a young man in the village, but he is already married to Awa. One night, Awa has a heart attack and falls into a coma leaving Karim very sad. Kounandi sacrifices her heart to give to Awa so that Karim can be happy.


A.O Scott, Kounandi. The New York Times (online newspaper)

African and Black Cinema in Los Angeles in 2004:The 12th Annual Pan African Film Festival by Steve LIGHT. Présence Africaine Nouvelle série, No. 170 (2e semestre 2004), pp. 225-234