“Pegase” by Mohamed Mouftakir from Morocco late Saturday won the Golden Stallion of Yennenga, the grand prize of the Pan African Film Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO) in Burkina Faso.
President Blaise Compaore gave out the awards at the closing ceremony of the 22nd FESPACO witnessed by over 22,000 people, including the participants and invited dignitaries at the Stade du 4-Août Stadium in Ouagadougou.
“The prize is a pride, it’s recognition. It’s encouraging,” said Mouftakir.
“Pegase” is a nightmarish tale of the rape of young Rihanna and incest by her father who believes she is demon-possessed.
The following are the other prizes and winners.
The runner-up Silver Stallion
“Un homme qui crie” (“A Screaming Man”) by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun. “A Screaming Man” won the Jury Prize at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.
“Le mec ideal” (“The ideal guy”) by Ivory Coast’s Owell Brown.
The Jury Prize
“Notre etrangere” (“The Place in Between”), by Sarah Bouyain.
The Best Actor Award
Sylvestre Amoussou of Benin,
He also directed “Un pas en avant, les dessous de la corruption”, a film that takes a look at the misappropriation of international aid.
The Best Actress Award
Samia Meziane in “Voyage a Alger” (“Journey to Algiers”) by Algerian Abdelkrim Bahloul.
The African Diaspora Prize
“Les amours d’un zombie” (“The Loves of a Zombie”) by Arnold Antonin from earthquake-scarred Haiti.
~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima