VIDEO TRAILER: SANKARA'S ORPHANS — LES ORPHELINS DE SANKARA
Access this four minute video trailer for Sankara's Orphans / Les Orphelins de Sankara: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/sankarasorphans?autoplay=1 The trailer introduces the 84-minute film which is in French with English subtitles. Rent or buy.
The video tells the story of the 600 youth from Burkina Faso in West Africa who went to study in Cuba in 1986 during the Burkina Faso Revolution led by Thomas Sankara. The Cuban Revolutionary government, led by Fidel Castro, offered them an education to learn a profession and return to help develop their own country, one of the poorest in the world.
The documentary describes who was chosen to study in Cuba and the criteria. It shows how the Cuban educators worked with the young people and the relationship between the two revolutions, and between Castro and Sankara. It exposes what happened to the young people when the revolutionary government in Burkina Faso was overthrown by Blaise Compaoré in 1987.
- Fred Nelson