A Golden Life (2023)


In Burkina Faso, in the gold-digging site of Bantara, Rasmané, 16 years old, descends more than 100 meters deep in artisanal mines to extract gold. Anxious about accidents, Rasmané makes his way in this world of fierce adults in the hope of one day becoming emancipated…


The special thing about this documentary is the total lack of any sense of voyeurism. The camera seems to be completely absorbed within the society. It observes without judgment and pursues no effect.” Nicole Sante, Business Doc Europe, 20.2.2023

Filmotor picks up Berlinale Forum title A Golden Life , Business Doc Europe, 15.3.2023

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“But this is not a film about global injustices or even the hardships that African kids have to endure in order to have a relatively decent life. Rather, it is about coming of age, and it is easy to see that Bolo and his friends are no different from their peers around the world, except that they have had to grow up much faster than many. This is why the documentary has few amplitudes within its emotional register, but it makes up for it with its in-depth portrait of the central protagonist and well-researched social picture.” Review: A Golden Life – Cineuropa, Vladan Petkovic, 3.4.2023

Boubacar Sangare, Burkina Faso, Benin, France, 2023, 85´
TV 5 Monde
Berlin IFF 2023 - Forum, FESPACO, Movies that Matter, Koudougou Doc, STLOUIS'DOCS Senegal, FICMEC Tenerife, Innsbruck IFF, Docs Ireland
FICMEC - Special Mention & Audience Award, Stlouis'Docs - Special Mention, Winner of Maysles Brothers Competition for the Best Observational Documentary at Docs Ireland, Winner of the Human Rights Dox Competition at Doku Fest Kosovo, Lessinia Film Festival - Prize from the Curatorium Cimbricum Veronense in memory of Piero Piazzola and Mario Pigozzi for the best film by a young director, Camden IFF - special mention at the Harrell Competition
World except of France

Boubacar Sangaré is a filmmaker, author and director, from Burkina Faso. He directed 4 short films and co-directed a feature documentary for TV.

A Golden Life is his first feature documentary for cinema. He is currently developing several other projects: including the road movie documentary Djéliya, Memory of Manding (selected for La Fabrique des Cinémas du Monde, in Cannes Film Festival 2022, Miradas Doc and Hot Docs Forum) and two feature-length fiction films: Le nom qu’on te donne and Les dieux délinquants.