A group of young women from Burkina Faso study at a girls’ school to become car mechanics. Between hammers and adjustable spanners, they share laughter, sisterhood, and friendship. Their dreams and desires are mixed with the country’s values and social expectations of what a woman should be.
An upbeat universal story about life choices and the effort it takes to find one’s path amongst opinions, fears and the expectations of others. The lives of these girls at the key moment when they’re finishing their studies bring us to the hard, inevitable transition from adolescence to adulthood.
Theresa Traore Dahlberg, born in 1983, grew up between the Swedish island of Öland and Burkina Faso, and is now based in Stockholm. After a few years in New York assisting directors, photographers, and production managers she studied film production – first at the New School in New York and then at the Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts. Her graduation short, Taxi Sister, which follows the female taxi driver Boury in Dakar, received international praise and has been screened at festivals worldwide. During the last couple of years, Theresa has produced a television series for SVT and been involved in different film and art projects internationally (New York, Haiti and Burkina Faso) constantly stretching the boundaries of art, film and documentary. She is now pursuing her master’s in Fine Arts at The Royal Institute of Art in Sweden. Ouaga Girls is her feature debut.
AWARDS AND FESTIVALS
- IDFA, The Netherlands, 2017. Nominated to Best of Fests section
- Carthage Film Festival, Tunisia, 2017. CREDIF award winner for female film creation
- Sheffield DocFest, United Kingdom, 2017
- Visions du Réel, Switzerland, 2017
- Gothenburg Film Festival, Sweden, 2017