Or de vie


In Burkina Faso, in the gold panning site of Kalgouli, 16 years old Rasmané goes down to more than 100 meters in artisanal mines for gold. Worried by potential accidents, torn by his parents’ doubts, Rasmané makes his way through this fierce adult world hoping for emancipation and better life, at the cost of his innocence. Gold panning is corrupting, moving you abruptly from childhood to adulthood, as it corrupts its natural environment through pollution and destruction.


Boubacar Sangaré is a writer-director and also a lawyer specializing in film law. In 2015 he co-directed a TV documentary on the 2014 social uprising in Burkina Faso and went on to develop two feature films Or de vie and Djéliya, mémoire du mandingue. He worked as Africa Cooperation Mission Officer at CNC and TV5Monde Afrique Programme Officer. In 2021, he was a member of FESPACO International selection committee.