Borders review


Four women—Adjara, Emma, Sali and Vishaa—meet while riding buses across West African borders, starting in Dakar and traveling to Lagos through Bamako, Cotonou and Ouagadougou.

Despite the gorgeous landscapes of the Atlantic coast and the Sahel, not everything is beautiful: they undergo car breakdowns in the stifling heat, face highway robbers, and endure fights between passengers.

But their worst fears are realized in the liminal space of the border itself, where they witness great corruption, violence against women, and dangerous traffic. To survive, the women must stick together and take care of each other: the consequences of this trip will change their lives.


About the Director: Apolline Traoré was born in 1976 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. After traveling around the world with her father who worked for the United Nations, she studied at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts for film school.

In 1998, she obtained her bachelor’s degree in directing and then moved to Los Angeles. After a few years of working on independent films, in 2007 she decided to return to her country to tell stories about her continent.

Her filmography includes The Price of Ignorance (2000 – winner of the Prix du Jury at the Pan African Film Festival in Ouagadougou), Kounandi (2003 – shown at the 2005 New York African Film Festival), Sous la Clarté de la Lune (2004) and Moi Zaphira (2013).

Borders is her third feature film.