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On 4 August 1983, Thomas Sankara becomes the president of Upper Volta after a coup d'état. A year later, he definitively creates a turning point in the history and identity of his country, renaming it «Burkina Faso», literally «Land of Upright Men».

He brings enormous hope to a great portion of African youth far beyond the boundaries of his country. By conducting a « democratic and popular » revolution, he brings more progress to the people during the four years of his presidency than during half a century of French colonial rule.

His liberation policy for Burkina Faso promotes food autonomy in particular, causing him to radically oppose all forms of imperialist or neo-colonial influence, and making him an inflexible voice against those in power at that time.

Sankara attempted a thorough reform of a civil society that he considered as being frozen in a feudal model. He struggled against inequalities between men and women, illiteracy, corruption, civil servants' privileges… He constantly encouraged the Burkinabé people to take the reigns of their own destiny into their own hands by making them participate in the fight against malnutrition, thirst and contagious diseases.

However, despise the obvious success and popularity of his revolution, Sankara faces hidden challengers. He is brutally murdered on 15 October 1987 in a coup d'Etat which is believed to have been organized by Blaise Compaoré, the man whom he considered a brother and who is still president of Burkina Faso today. The new regime then attempts to wipe out the memory of these four years of Sankara's presidency.

Blending together rare and meticulously assembled archives, director Christophe Cupelin offers a panoramic vision of the intellectual and political inheritance of this atypical head of state. Giving his documentary the energy of a punk manifesto, between idealism and irony, he faithfully restitutes the originality of a president as striking in his action as in his words.

In 2012, twenty-five years after his tragic and still not officially elucidated death, the film offers an opportunity to see and listen to the voice of one of the most important African leaders of the 20th century.

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SCREENINGS
2018 :
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Ciné-débat
Mairie de Billom, 63160, France
Jeudi 17 mai 2018 à 20h
En présence de Fidel Toé, ancien ministre du Travail durant la révolution burkinabè. Entrée libre
Ciné-débat  Mairie de Billom, 63160, France Jeudi 17 mai 2018 à 20h En présence de Fidel Toé, ancien ministre du Travail durant la révolution burkinabè. Entrée libre
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CAPITAINE THOMAS SANKARA ONLINE / VOD IN SWITZERLAND ONLY
WATCH CAPITAINE THOMAS SANKARA ONLINE / VOD IN SWITZERLAND ONLY

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THOMAS SANKARA & NEWS :

Capitaine Thomas Sankara, inauguration, décembre 2017,Bokin, Burkina Faso
"Thomas Sankara", Monument inauguré le
14 octobre 2017 à Tema-Bokin, Burkina Faso

photo © christophe cupelin
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Thomas Sankara : Man of Integrity
afrika-news.com, Ynug Anabel, April 26, 2017
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Burkina Faso Begins Exhumation Of Thomas Sankara's Grave Nearly 30 Years After His Death
tbtimes.com, Aditya Tejas, May 26 2015
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Thomas Sankara remains: Burkina Faso begins exhumation
bbc.com, 25 May 2015

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"We want the truth!" Burkina Faso exhumes graves marked for ex-leader Sankara, his followers
usnews.com, BRAHIMA OUEDRAOGO, Associated Press May 25, 2015

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Burkina Faso opens graves to answer questions about Thomas Sankara
theguardian.com, Associated Press, 25 May 2015

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"Burkina Faso's revolutionary hero Thomas Sankara to be exhumed"
theguardian, 6 March 2015

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"Citizens' Revolt in Burkina Faso"
african-futures, Ernest Harsch, December 9, 2014

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"Burkina Faso profile"
BBC.com, 2 November 2014

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"Power struggle in Burkina Faso after Blaise Compaoré resigns as president"
The Guardian, David Smith, 1 November 2014

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Burying Africa's hopes: remembering Thomas Sankara, the revolution and how Blaise Compaoré stole it all
Joan Baxter, November 1, 2014

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"Burkina army imposes interim government after crowd burns parliament"
Reuters.com, Mathieu Bonkoungou & Joe Penney, 30 October 2014

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"Burkina Faso: A Thousand Sankaras Come of Age"
thinkafricapress.com, Brian Peterson, 15 August 2014

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"Thomas Sankara"
Britannica.com, Carina Ray, 12 December 2013

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"Thomas Sankara And The Assassination of Africa's Memory"
saharareporters.com, Chika Ezeanya, 15 October 2013

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"Who killed Thomas Sankara?"
africasacountry.com, Shamira Muhammad, 14 March 2013

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"25 Years On: The Mixed Legacy of Burkina Faso's Thomas Sankara, Socialist Soldier"
thinkafricapress.com, Peter Dörrie, 15 October 2012

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"Sankara's Tomb Vandalised In Burkina Faso Capital"
AFP, 29 July 2011

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