Ouaga Girls

Theresa Traore Dahlberg (2017)

A group of young women from Ouagadougou study at a girl school to become auto mechanics. The classmates become their port of safety, joy and sisterhood, all while they are going through the life changing transition into becoming adults in a country boiling with political changes.

Info & Credits

Directed by
Theresa Traore Dahlberg
Produced by
David Herdies
Co-produced by
Estelle Robin You/Les films du balibari (FRA)
Saïdou Richard Traore/Seydoni Burkina S.A (BF)
Film Väst (SWE)
Cinematography by
Iga Mikler/Sophie Winqvist
Edited by
Alexandra Strauss
Margareta Lagerqvist
Original Score
Christoffer Roth
Seydou Richard Traore
Jenny Wilson
Sound design
Erik Bjerknes
Color grade
Hector Mora
Co-production countries
Sweden, Burkina Faso, France & Qatar
With development support from
The Swedish Film Institute/Antonio Russo Merenda & Cecilia Lidin, Nordisk Film & TV Fund, Doha Film Institute, Aide aux cinémas du monde – Centre National du cinéma et de l’image animée & French Institute, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee, Reaktor Sydost & Filmbasen.
Developed with support from
the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.
In association with
SVT, DR, VPRO, YLE, AfriDocs
World Sales and Festivals
Taskovski Film, sales@taskovskifilms.com

Ouaga Girls | 2017 | 83 min | French, More | English, Swedish subtitles |

Awards and nominations

Winner of the Best Documentary by The Teen Jury at Beldocs, Serbia 2018

Winner of Prix Espoir at Festival Filministes, Montréal 2018

Winner of Prix du CREDIF pour la création cinématographique féminine at JCC 2017 Carthage Film Festival

Nominated in the section Best of Fests, IDFA 2017, Amsterdam

Nominated to Dragon Award Best Nordic Documentary, Gothenburg Film Festival, 2017

Nominated to Tempo Documentary Award 2017, Tempo Documentary Festival, 2017, Stockholm

Nominated in the section Grand Angle, Visions du Réel 2017, Nyon

Winner of the Stockholm prize,  Nöjesguiden, Sweden 2017

Festivals in selection

IDFA, Amsterdam, 2017

Göteborg Film Festival, 2017

Tempo Documentary Festival, Stockholm, 2017

Fespaco, Burkina Faso, 2017

Visions du Réel, Nyon, 2017

Fidadoc, Morocco, 2017


4/5 Dagens Nyheter (In Swedish)

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