In her first feature-length documentary, Theresa Traoré Dahlberg follows a courageous group of young women studying at an all-female school for auto mechanics in Burkina Faso's capital, Ouagadougou. In a country with youth unemployment at 52 percent, jobs are a hot-button issue. These young women are in the middle of a crucial point in life when their dreams, hopes and ambitions are confronted with society's fears and expectations about what a woman should be. Covering the students' last years at school, Dahlberg crafts a coming-of-age film which both reflects on Burkina Faso's violent past and present and tells a story of the next generation with warmth, laughs, heartbreak and depth. Official Selection, 2017 Göteborg, Visions du Réel, IDFA and Carthage film festivals; 2018 New York African Film Festival. (Note adapted from Taskovski Films.) DIR/SCR Theresa Traoré Dahlberg; PROD David Herdies. Burkina Faso/France/Sweden, 2017, color, 83 min. In Mooré and French with English subtitles. NOT RATED
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