The Taxidermist

Boubacar Traoré belongs to a family of renowned gunsmiths in Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso. In this short documentary he describes his work as a taxidermist and goes through memories of his first hippopotamus hunt. In the region killing one of these animals is still a serious matter, because they are held capable of tricking the hunter with magic. I filmed this material at the same time as the other short I realised with Boubacar, Numuya. This short screened at Manchester’s Home cinema as part of Filmed Up in June 2015.

Part of the Kalanda project.