European Film Festival Paris
from 17 to 31 March 2022
European Film Festival Paris
from 17 to 31 March 2022

The Golden Wolf of Balolé / Le Loup d’Or de Balolé

by Chloé Aïcha Boro

(Documentary, Burkina Faso/France, 2019, 65’, OV)

The Golden Wolf of Balolé

In the heart of Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, several thousand men, women and children work hard in a granite quarry. This provides them with a meagre income that enables them to survive on a daily basis. With her documentary, Chloé Aïcha Boro offers an insight into the life of these modern slaves, exploited by stone sellers, and who live on the margins of a society that refuses to see them.


“This documentary goes far. Because Aïcha Boro makes the link with the revolution in Burkina, paying attention to self-organisation to avoid intermediaries and decide collectively. (…) Because she places these characters in time, in dignity, without pathos, in the light of economic and relational power relations. What these excluded people say is admirably relevant and human.” on-tenk.com

Chloé Aïcha Boro
Chloé Aïcha Boro

Born in 1978, Chloé Aïcha Boro is a Franco-Burkinabé writer and filmmaker. After studying modern literature, she began a career as a journalist in the written press. She worked in particular with Burkinabé magazines and newspapers. Then she gradually became interested in the audiovisual projects, making short films and working as an assistant director. She is the author of the documentaries Farafin ko (2014), France – Au revoir, le nouveau commerce triangulaire (2016). Her film Le Loup d’or de Balolé was awarded the Etalon d’or for best documentary at Fespaco 2019.

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