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Original name:Sira
English name: Sira
Year: 2023
Run time: 120 Min
Language: French, Peule
Type (Colour/ Black & white): Colour
Country: Burkina Faso, France, Germany, Senegal
Director: Apolline Traoré
Producers: Apolline Traoré, Denis Cougnaud
Cast: Nafissatou Cissé, Mike Danon, Lazare Minoungou, Nathalie Vairac, Ruth Werner, Abdramane Barry, Ildevert Meda, Oumou Ba, Seydou Diallo, Moïse Tiemtore
Screenplay: Apolline Traoré
Cinematographer: Nicolas Berteyac
Editor: Sylvie Gadmer
Sound Designer: Vianney Aubé, Alioune Mbow
Music Composer: Cyril Morin
Production Company: Les Films Selmon, Araucania Films
World Sales: Wide Management


  • Berlinale 2023
  • Toronto IFF 2023
  • Sydney FF 2023
  • Durban IFF 2023
  • IFF India 2023

Director’s Selected Filmography:

  • 2021 Witba: A Woman Leader (Documentary)
  • 2019 Desrances
  • 2017 Frontières
  • 2013 Me Zaphira
  • 2004 Under the Moonlight
  • 2003 Kounandi (Short)
  • 2000 The Price of Ignorance (Short)

Director's Biography:

Apolline Traoré

Apolline Traoré, is a Burkinabé director, winner of several distinctions and awards. She entered the prestigious Emerson College School of Art in Boston, United States. Her graduation film: The Price of Ignorance won the Jury Prize at Fespaco 2001. Her first short film Kounandi was selected at the Sundance FF and the Toronto IFF in 2004. She worked for a few years on independent films in Hollywood, and then decides to return to Burkino Faso. After Frontières (2017), Desrances (2019), Sira (2023) is her fifth feature film. She was distinguished in 2019, Knight of the Order of Merit, Arts, Letters and Communication.


After a brutal attack, a young nomad named Sira refuses to surrender to her fate without a fight and instead takes a stand against Islamist terror. A feminist counterpoint to current reporting from the Sahel region.