Eléonore Yaméogo

Originally from Burkina Faso, Eléonore Yameogo, belongs to a generation of female African directors, eager to tackle demanding film subjects. Her career began on the film sets of Ouagadougou, where she acquired field experience, before studying cinema in Burkina Faso, Belgium, and France where she currently lives. The Elephant Cemetery and Paris My Paradise are her two most recent films and deal with existential issues between Africa and the West.

In 2006, she directed her first short documentary, Ouaga Jazzy, about the life of an old jazzman. In 2007, in the continuity of the previous one, she completed her second short film, Ouaga HH, also related to music. The same year, during a stay in Belgium, Eléonore discovered that in Europe, there are also ‘garibous’, a term used in Burkina Faso to designate beggars. From this observation, she made a medium-length film, La main tendue, in official selection at Fespaco 2009. After her meeting with the French producer Erwann Créac’h at the Festival Afrique taille XL in March 2008 in Brussels, she collaborated with him for the production of her first feature-length documentary film, Paris mon Paradis.

Paris Mon Paradis premiered at Fespaco 2011 and won the prize of the Superior Council of Information (CSI). A series of awards followed the same year. In 2017, she began directing The Elephant Cemetery produced by Vrai Vrai Films (France) and Onezik (Burkina Faso). This film was selected for Fespaco in 2019 in the feature documentary competition. FESTICAB in Burundi and FIFIREL in Cameroon awarded the film as the best documentary film at their 2019 edition. In addition, the film received the Special Mention of the jury at the Festival Ecrans Noirs in Cameroon.

Selected Works

  • Prism
  • Le cimetière des éléphants
  • Paris mon Paradis
  • La main tendue

Screenings featuring this Filmmaker