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film BURKINABÈ RISING: The Art of Resistance in Burkina Faso

Burkinabè Rising showcases creative nonviolent resistance in Burkina Faso, a small, landlocked country in West Africa, home to a vibrant community of artists and engaged citizens, who provide an example of making inspirational political change.

The Art of Resistance in Burkina Faso ,

A new documentary from Cultures of Resistance Films, directed by Iara Lee, showcases nonviolent creative resistance in Burkina Faso. A small, landlocked country in West Africa, Burkina Faso is home to a vibrant community of artists and engaged citizens, and provides an example of the type of political change that can be achieved when people come together. It is an inspiration, not only to the rest of Africa but also to the rest of the world.

Through music, film, ecology, visual art, architecture, the people featured in this film are carrying on the revolutionary spirit of Thomas Sankara. After assuming the presidency in 1983, Sankara was killed in a 1987 coup d'état led by his best friend and close advisor Blaise Compaoré, who subsequently ruled the country as an autocrat for twenty-seven years, til October 2014, when a massive popular insurrection led to his removal. Today, the spirit of resistance is mightier than ever in Burkina Faso and that spirit permeates every aspect of the Burkinabè daily life.

After screening at film festivals and community events in more than 100 countries, the full-length documentary BURKINABÈ RISING: The art of resistance in Burkina Faso is now available through Vimeo’s video-on-demand service! You can now rent Burkinabè Rising on Vimeo, or buy the film for unlimited streaming, making it available to everyone who was unable to attend a screening over the past year. You can check it out here!

The availability of this film on demand at Vimeo will help  reach even more viewers at a very affordable cost. But if you’d like to arrange a group screening in your community, Burkinabè Rising continues to show around the globe. To organize an event, you can contact

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