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.