FESPACO was founded in 1969 in Ouagadougou, capital city of Upper Volta, which became Burkina Faso in 1984. Formerly the capital of the Mossi Empire, Ouagadougou has been transformed over centuries into a cosmopolitan megalopolis, whose current dynamism and creativity make its charm and notoriety. Ouagadougou is the ultimate repository of the Memory of African Cinema. As such, it is the only city in the world with a Filmmakers’ Square where each edition of the festival is punctuated by a ceremony held in memory of filmmakers who passed away. The ceremony brings together film professionals and festival-goers from all over the world. At this square is the Filmmakers’ Avenue, starting with statue of famous Senegalese Director, Sembene Ousmane.
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