Short Films from Burkina Faso

Part of my research on hunting in Burkina Faso was necessarily centred on the relationship of the local people with their environment. I found myself to understand the importance of agriculture, the fundamental source of subsistence for most villagers in the area. I also tried to understand the relative positions of village and bush, domesticated and wild areas. Rituals like the women’s saansègè and the men’s tèen annually break and re-affirm the boundaries between the two worlds with collective fishing and hunting expeditions. Most of what follows was shot in Karankasso Sambla, the village where I spent most of my year of fieldwork.