Born in 1951 in Burkina Faso, Gaston Jean-Marie Kaboré took a master’s degree in history at the Sorbonne before going on to study film at the Ecole Supérieure d'Etudes Cinématographiques (ESEC). It was seeing Xala (1975), directed by the Senegalese filmmaker Ousmane Sembene that first made him consider film as a means to depict African culture. Wend Kuuni was acclaimed on release for its cinematic transposition of the oral tradition in Burkina Faso. This first feature was followed by Zan Boko (1988), Rabi (1992) and Buud Yam (1997), which continued in the same vein and won numerous international prizes. Scriptwriter, director and producer, Gaston Jean-Marie Kaboré has also made several documentaries as well as a segment of Lumière et compagnie (1995), a collaborative film celebrating the cinema’s centenary.
Gaston Kaboré’s movie «Zan Boko explores the conflict between tradition and modernity with a family in a rural contexr. It has been for long time a central theme in many African films. Kaboré tells the poignant story of a village family swept up in the current tide of urbanization. In doing so, «Zan Boko» expertly reveals the transformation of an agrarian, subsistence society into an industrialized commodity economy. More