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Burkinabe film director Idrissa Ouedraogo, center, poses with the two main actresses of his movie “Kini and Adams”, Khali Netsagi from Zimbabwe, left, and Nthati Moshesh from South Africa, right, at the Festival Palace in Cannes on Saturday May 10, 1997. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP)—Colleagues say prolific filmmaker Idrissa Ouedraogo has died in his home country of Burkina Faso.

The National Union of Burkina Faso Filmmakers  announced on Feb. 18 Ouedraogo’s death at the age of 64 from an undisclosed illness.

During his career Ouedraogo produced more than 40 films including “Tilai,” which won the Grand Prix at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival. In 1993, his film “Samba Traore” was featured at the Berlin Film Festival where it won the Silver Bear prize.

In a tweet, Burkina Faso’s president praised Ouedraogo’s “immense talent,” saying he had helped to bring “Burkina and African cinema beyond our borders.”

Ouedraogo also had served on the jury at the Ouagadougou film festival known as FESPACO.


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