In the heart of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso, 2,500 people of all ages work in the dire conditions of a quarry. Marginalized from a society that regards them as invisible, they toil in Sisyphian conditions for very little wages. Inspired in response to a revolution against the President’s attempt to amend the constitution, these workers become empowered to change their destiny. The miners envision a better future for themselves, driven by hope and solidarity, trying to negotiate better salaries and freeing themselves from intermediaries. In the Golden Wolf of Balolé, director Aïcha Chloé Boro creates a visually stunning and deeply humanistic portrait of workers that restores their visibility and dignity with humour and tenderness.
Now in our 22nd year, Planet in Focus is an environmental media arts organization with year-round programming. Our mandate is to produce cultural events that showcase engaging and artistic films that question, explore and tell stories about the world in which we live. We use film as a catalyst for public awareness, discussion and engagement on a broad range of environmental issues.