Two voices provocatively ask, “How far must we go? How many masks must we wear? Before we see ourselves for who we are?” Walé Oyéjidé’s imaginative debut feature is the story of a Burkinabè boy who migrates to Italy but later discovers a way to go back in time to regain what he lost. The poetic story bends time to explore the meaning of existing in two states, coming and going, running away and running toward. It is a multidimensional exploration of love and migration.
Oyéjidé’s characters are radiant. From the community in Burkina Faso to the two central protagonists walking the streets of an Italian village, Oyéjidé’s characters exude humanity and confidence. Oyéjidé is invested in evolving the narrative of migrants, leveraging his background in fashion to assert his characters’ dignity and fullness. Direct confrontations with the camera lure us in while an evocative score guides us through a dreamy, mystical journey. It’s a lyrical experience and one that flows beyond the frame. Bravo, Burkina! is a daring invitation to imagine what could be.
Walé Oyéjidé is a writer-director and designer who dispels bias with beauty. His fashion designs appeared prominently in Marvel’s Black Panther and have exhibited in museums around the globe. Oyéjidé is a Sundance Feature Film Program fellow, National Geographic explorer, TED fellow, Open Society Foundations fellow, and Google Image Equity fellow. His documentary After Migration: Calabria is streaming on Criterion Channel.