Directed by Salif Traoré

Burkina Faso, Canada, France, Germany, Mali, 2007 , 96 min.

In Faro, Goddess of the Waters, Zanga returns to his village in rural Mali as an engineer trained to bring development to his community. Born out of wedlock, Zanga was cast from his village for the curse of being a bastard. Villagers link his reappearance to a recent village tragedy; they believe that Faro, the river goddess, is angered by Zanga’s return. As Zanga tries to help his village and answer questions about his father’s identity, the village chief, played by veteran actor and festival favorite, the late Sotigui Kouyaté, has his own ideas about how to appease the goddess.

In Bambara with English subtitles.

Sponsored by Columbia River Peace Corps Association.