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Biography of Dani KOUYATé

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Dani Kouyaté .Born June 4,1961. He's a Film-Director and Writer from Burkina Faso.

He was born in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, June 4,1961. He studied at the African Institute of Cinematography, where he received his degree in cinematographic creation in 1985. His education continued at the Sorbonne, where he obtained a diploma in Advanced Studies. He is also a graduate of the International School of Anthropology.Writer and director, Dani Kouyaté comes from a long line of griots in his family. His father, Sotigui Kouyaté, a real life griot, plays the griot in the movie. Perhaps, for that reason, Kouyaté is successful in transferring the art of oral storytelling to the movie screen. Through the griot and young boy, the Sundjata epic, set in early 13th century, is retold in the film. It is about a man who turned his nation (the Mande people) into the great Malian trading empire (in West Africa). It's a riveting story full of magic realism.

in Paris. in 1986 Kouyaté, a story-teller and musician, founded the group La Voix du Griot in Paris. Since then the group has participated several European theater festivals. His three short films, Bilakoro (1988), Tobere Kosam(1990), and Les larme sacrées du crocrodile (1992) have all received awards at various festivals. Keïta, l’heritage du griot, his first feature film, received the First Feature Film Award at FESPACO in 1995.The lessons of Keita: The Heritage of the Griot - traditional versus modern (Western) views and the fact that our history plays an important to our lives - not only applies to the African culture, but it all cultures. "It's an old world and the future emerges from the past," the griot tells Mabo.

However the theatre still attracts him and in 2001, he decided to bring to the screen the legend of Wagadu (7th century Soninke myth).
«Sia, le rêve du python» was inspired by the play by the Mauritanian writer Moussa Diagana.
In 2003.(Ouaga Saga) is about a group of young boys in West Africa fighting poverty to realise their dreams.
In 2004.Joseph Ki-Zerbo identités (documentaire, Prix spécial UEMOA TV/ vidéo professionnelle au 19eFestival panafricain du cinéma et de la télévision de Ouagadougou en 2005).

Last update : 06/24/2007

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