el Documental del mes February 2019


Theresa Traoré Dahlberg

2017 83 min.

Original Version in French and Mooré with Catalan and Spanish subtitles
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Technical specs

    • Director: Theresa Traore Dahlberg
    • Starring: Bintou Konate, Chantale Nissougou, Mouniratou Sedogo, Catherine Nea, Dina Tapsoba, Marthe Ouedraogo, Rose Kientega, Adissa Balboné & Nathalie Yanogho
    • Produced by: David Herdies/Momento Film
    • Co-produced by: Estelle Robin You/Les filmes du Balibari, Saïdou Richard Traore/Seydoni Burkina S.A. & Film i Väst
    • Countries of production: Sweden, Burkina Faso, France & Qatar
    • Cinematography: Iga Mikler & Sophie Winquist
    • Editor: Alexandra Strauss & Margareta Lagerqvist
    • Original Score: Christoffer Roth, Seydou Richard Traore & Jenny Wilson
    • Colorist: Hector Mora
    • Sound Editor: Christian Holm & Anders Kwarnmark
    • Re-recording Mixer: Erik Bjerknes
    • Sound design supervisor: Thomas Jaeger
    • Post Production Manager: Niclas Merits
    • Suitable for all audiences



A group of young women tweak machines and hammer away at a school for auto mechanics in Ouagadougou in this poetic story about life choices, sisterhood and the endeavor to find your own way.

In a country with youth unemployment at 52 percent, jobs are a hot issue. The young girls at a mechanics school in Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou are right in the middle of a crucial point in life when their dreams, hopes and courage are confronted with opinions, fears and society’s expectations of what a woman should be. Using interesting narrative solutions, Theresa Traore Dahlberg depicts their last school years and at the same time succeeds at showing the country’s violent past and present. Thisis a feature-film debut and coming-of-age film with much warm, laughs, heartbreak and depth.

About direction (Theresa Traoré Dahlberg)

Director Theresa Traore Dahlberg was born in 1983. She grew up on the Swedish island of Öland and in Burkina Faso, and is now based in Stockholm. After a few years in New York—where she assisted directors, photographers, and production managers—she studied film production, first at the New School in New York and then at the Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts. Her graduation film, Taxi Sister, which follows the female taxi driver Boury in Dakar, Senegal, has received praise and been screened at festivals worldwide. During the last couple of years, Theresa has produced a television series for SVT and been involved in different film and art projects internationally (New York, Haiti and Burkina Faso) constantly stretching the boundaries of art, film and documentary. She is now doing her masters in fine art at The Royal Institute of Art in Sweden. Ouaga Girls is her feature length debut.

Awards & Festivals

  • Winner of the Best Documentary by The Teen Jury at Beldocs, Serbia 2018
  • Winner of Prix Espoir at Festival Filministes, Montréal 2018
  • Winner of Prix du CREDIF pour la création cinématographique féminine at JCC 2017 Carthage Film Festival
  • Nominated in the section Best of Fests, IDFA 2017, Amsterdam
  • Nominated to Dragon Award Best Nordic Documentary, Gothenburg Film Festival, 2017
  • Nominated to Tempo Documentary Award 2017, Tempo Documentary Festival, 2017, Stockholm
  • Nominated in the section Grand Angle, Visions du Réel 2017, Nyon
  • Winner of the Stockholm prize,  Nöjesguiden, Sweden 2017