Ouaga Girls

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Ouaga Girls

Directed by Theresa Traore Dahlberg

  • Sweden, Burkina Faso, France, Qatar 2017; 80 min
  • Original version: French
  • Genre: Documentary


A group of young women from Ouagadougou study at a girl school to become auto mechanics. The classmates become their port of safety, joy and sisterhood, all while they are going through the life changing transition into becoming adults in a country boiling with political changes.

Director's Statement

All transitions are fragile. With this film I wanted to capture the trembling time before choices are made, the time before everything will be changed. When dreams, desires and courage get mixed up with opinions, fears and societies expectations of what a woman should be. The feeling of no longer being a child, yet not owning your life, but still feeling like you are on top of the world on a Saturday when you are out with your friends. Your friends are your everything, and life keeps happening to you while you are trying to figure yourself out. With OUAGA GIRLS I wanted to do an intriguing and inspiring growing up story with warmth, laughter and depth.




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