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While screening a film at the Pan-African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou, Cameroonian director Jean-Marie Téno stumbled upon Votre Cine Club, Burkina Faso cinephiles who watch bootlegs of American, European, and Bollywood films. But for the club’s patrons, African films are a rare treat: A VHS of an African film like 1989’s Yaaba can cost $25, compared to $2 for a Jackie Chan or Wesley Snipes DVD. The relative inaccessibility of French-subsidized African cinema fascinates Téno, especially since local demand is so great. “It’s up to the African filmmaker himself to ask why he makes films, for whom,” says Yaaba director Idrissa Ouedraogo. Sacred Places is Téno’s attempt to answer such questions for himself, for the cinephiles at Votre Cine Club, and for the future of African film.
At 7 p.m. at Discovery HD Theater; also on Saturday, June 20, at 4:15 p.m at AFI Silver Theatre.