Lucie Viver | Burkina Faso, France 2019 | 109 Min. | OmeU

Austrian Premiere

In October 2014, after the popular uprising in Burkina Faso, the young poet Bikontine starts to question his own desire for a better life in the so called “West”. He begins to travel through his home country to learn more about the hopes, dreams and disappointments of the people he meets. Eventually he comes across the political legacy of former president Thomas Sankara, the “African Che Guevara”, who was killed in 1987.
Sankara is not dead is a poetic road movie, a search for meaning in a time full of tumultuous upheavals that are confronting Bikontine’s poems with the realities of a rapidly changing society.

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Director: Lucie Vivier
Camera and Sound: Lucie Vivier
Editing: Nicolas Milteau
Producer: Eugénie Michel-Villette

Cinéma du Réel – French Competition (World Premiere, Paris, France)
Etonnants Voyageurs (Saint-Malo, France)
FIDADOC (Agadir, Morocco)
Camden IFF (Maine, USA)
Corsica.Doc (Ajaccio, France)
DOK Leipzig (Leipzig, Germany)
MIDBO (Bogota, Colombie)
Augen Blicke Afrika (Hambourg Germany)
Benin City Film Festival (Nigeria)
AFRIFF Africa Intern. Film Festival (Lagos, Nigeria)
Les Ecrans Documentaires (Arcueil, France)
Lumières d’Afrique (Besançon, France)
Les rencontres de Cinessonne (Dourdan, France)
Festival International du Cinéma Francophone en Acadie (Moncton, Canada)
Out of Africa Int. Film Festival (Nairobi, Kenya)
Festival Film Dokumenter (Yogyakarta, Indonesia)
Ciné Droits Libres (Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso)

Oruro Film Festival (Bolivia)
Budapest Independent Film Festival (Hungary)
Göteborg Film Festival (Sweden)
Global Film Festival (San Domingo, Dominican Republic)
Big Sky Documentary Film Festival (Missoula, USA)

After studies in history and philosophy, Lucie Viver worked as an assistant director. In particular, she worked on movies by Otar Iosseliani, Mati Diop and Rabah Ameur-Zaïmèche. In 2013, she was admitted to La Fémis Screenplay Workshop. Since then, she has been developing several documentary and fiction film projects. Sankara is not dead is her first film.