My presence in Japan allowed me to look at martial arts, disciplines par excellence of non-violence, and to focus on their teachings. The Kendo master spoke to me about the values of Kendo and especially about the human education that accompanies the learning of this art. It is about knowing and understanding pain so as not to inflict it on others. She ended her remarks with gratitude, a value that is essential for Kendo. The master of Aikido speaks about non-violence, the essence of Aikido. Listening to these women who are steeped in their tradition, I turn to my roots and I understand that even if everything seems to be going wrong in my country, endogenous solutions are possible.
Floriane ZOUNDI borned in Burkina Faso in 1986. She is a graduate of the Burkina Faso Film School (ISIS). She was the director of photography for the short film, LA BAGUE and two feature films. She directed her first short film AUX EXTREMEITES DE LA RAISON in 2015, then her second JARDIN D’EDEN in 2017 and her third in 2O22 which is currently in post-production. She has been a screenwriter for several TV show such as AMAZONE and ZIKSTAR. She has participated in many training workshops at the Imagine Institute in Burkina Faso, in Senegal and Ghana. She is currently developing her first feature film about a young dancer who reconnects with his cultural identity through his initiation into the traditions of his village.
Surprisingly, this work was completed two days before posting! The director said, “From this experience, I can do my best without giving up no matter what happens in the future.” This experience gave her a lot of confidence and excitement.