A Certain Morning / Un Certain Matin


by Fanta Régina Nacro


Burkina Faso / 1992 / 13mins / Drama / Mooré and French

A Certain Morning is a provocative look at cinematic illusions versus deadly realities. Riga is a farmer who lives peacefully with his wife and children on the Mossi plateau. When he hears a woman calling for help one day, his entire world is called into question. The first film by Fanta Nacro and the first fiction film by a Burkinabé woman, A Certain Morning was presented at the 1992 Carthage Film Festival.

About the Director

Fanta Régina Nacro

Fanta Régina Nacro studied at the African Institute for Cinematic Studies (INAFEC), the national school of Burkina Faso, and the Sorbonne in Paris, where she earned a Master's Degree in Film and Audiovisual Studies. She is the first Burkinabé woman to direct a dramatic film, the short, Un Certain Matin (1991), and has made many short films, which address the AIDS epidemic in Africa, including Vivre Positivement (1993). Her short films Puk Nini (1996) and Un certain matin have been hailed as representing the “African New Wave.” Her last short for the Mama Africa series, A Close-Up on Bintou (2002), won more than twenty prizes in international festivals. Nacro is a founding member of the Guilde Africaine des Realisateurs et Producteurs (The African Guild of Directors and Producers). She was awarded a Special Jury Prize at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in 1999 for her film, Le Truc de Konate (Konate's Gift). Her first feature The Night of Truth (2004) was featured in the touring program of the Global Film Initiative and received screenwriting honors at the San Sebastian Film Festival. Learn More