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Capitaine Thomas Sankara

October 15 at 4:00
East Building Auditorium
Washington premiere
Introduced by Sally Shafto

The gifted African leader Thomas Sankara (1949–1987), Burkina Faso’s president in the mid-1980s, was known as “the Che of Africa” for his visionary ideas and Marxist views. During his presidency, Sankara oversaw sweeping societal changes and his legacy is still celebrated on the African continent. Director Christophe Cupelin obtained access to private archives of 16mm and video footage, recordings, and related documentary material; Capitaine Thomas Sankara is compiled entirely from this footage. (Christophe Cupelin, 2013, subtitles, 100 minutes)

courtesy Laika Films

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