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African filmmaker, Ouedraogo is dead

One of the towering figure in African cinema, a Burkinabe filmmaker Idrissa Ouedraogo, is dead.
He died on Sunday at 5:30 am (0530 GMT) at age 64 of an unspecified “illness” in a hospital in the capital Ouagadougou, the union of filmmakers said.
Ouedraogo produced or directed some 40 films from the 1980s to the 2000s, set in Africa and often exploring the strains between modern urban and traditional rural lifestyles..

In 1990, he won the Grand Prix at Cannes Film Festival for Tilai, an African version of a Greek tragedy about family dishonour, which is set in a village and is probably his best-known work internationally.
“Burkina Faso has lost a filmmaker of immense talent,” President Roch Marc Christian Kabore said in a statement.
Ouedraogo “worked hard to raise the profile of Burkinabe and African cinema outside our borders,” he added.

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