Borders (Frontieres)

Film Information
  • Year: 2017
  • Length: 90min
  • Country: Burkina Faso

“Borders” is the story of four (4) women crossing the borders of Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Benin until Nigeria in order to conduct business.
Adjara is a beautiful Senegalese in the thirty’s. She has been sent by her association to buy goods in Lagos. Emma from Ivory Coast is a widow in her forties. She buys fabric in Bamako and resale them in Lagos. As for Sali, twenty five year old, she is a young Burkinabe girl, shy and naive. She is sent by her fiancé to deliver a parcel in Cotonou. There is also Vishaa from Nigeria. In her fifties, she has moved to Burkina Faso to open a restaurant. She is going to Lagos for her daughter’s weeding.
The four women meet in buses towards Bamako, Cotonou, Ouagadougou to Lagos. During their trip, they discover beautiful landscapes of coastal and Sahelian countries. Nevertheless, the trip is a fighter career. They undergo car breakdowns in stifling heat in the middle of nowhere. They face highway robbers and witness flights between passengers.

But their worst nightmare remains the border crossing. At different borders, they are exposed to great corruption, violence against women and to a dangerous traffic. To survive, Adjara, Emma, Sali and Vishaa are forced to stick together and take care of each other.

Back in their respective countries, the consequences of this trip will change their lives.

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Film Credits
Director: Apolline Woye Traore
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