Tasuma (2003)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Social Problem Film  |   Release Date - Jul 30, 2004 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 88 min.  |   Countries - Burkina Faso  |  
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Directed by Daniel Kollo Sanau, Tasuma is set in Burkina Faso, and follows Sogo (Mamadou Zerbo), a retired West African soldier who fought with the French army in parts of Indochina and Algeria. Though Sogo has been expecting his pension for over 50 years, red tape has always gotten in the way; this time, he is so confident he will receive his due that he buys his village a grain mill on credit. Unfortunately, his pension isn't waiting for him that day, nor is it available the day after, and so on. Tensions peak when the merchant who sold him the grain mill demands his payment, and an angry Sogo heads to the administrator's office with a shotgun, determined to bring home the money that has been owed to him for more than half of his life. The film also features Besani Raoul Kjalil, Ai Keita, Noufou Papa Ouedraogo, and Serges Henri.

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betrayal, bureaucracy, hostage, pension, senior-citizen, veteran [military], village