“The Gravedigger’s Wife”, from Somali director Ahmad Khadar, grabbed the Golden Stallion of Yennenga on Saturday night for best picture, while home-grown Burkinabé documentary “Night Nursery” was named best documentary at the 27th edition of FESPACO.
Shouts and thunderous applause erupted after the first prize for “Night Nursery“, by Moumouni Sanou, was announced.
For Best Picture Silver Stallion (2nd place), Gessica Geneus, of Haiti, won for “Freda”, which follows the story a young woman’s revenge after being forced into prostitution.
Third place went to Tunisian director Leyla Bouzid for “A Tale of Love and Desire”, a story of young love set around the study of erotic Arabic writing.
Elsewhere, the well-deserved best actor award went to Alassane Sy for his role in “Nafi’s Father”, directed by Mamadou Dia, as a Senegalese imam with principles who tries to protect the town, and his family from jihadists.
As Esther, a devout and long-suffering wife, Zainab Jah won best actress for her role in “Farewell Amor” by Tanzanian director Ekwa Msangi, a touching story of immigration and separation.