Sira Movie (2023) Cast, Release Date, Story, Budget, Collection, Poster, Trailer, Review


February 21, 2023
2hr 2min
Status: released

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Sira Movie Details:

Country Burkina Faso
Language French
Release dateFebruary 21, 2023 (Berlinale)
Running time2hr 2min
StarringNafissatou Cissé
Mike Danon
Lazare Minoungou
Nathalie Vairac
Directed by Apolline Traoré
Written byApolline Traoré
Produced byApolline Traoré
Denis Cougnaud
Cinematography by Nicolas Berteyac
Edited by Sylvie Gadmer
Music byCyril Morin
Production CompanyAraucania Films
Les Films Selmon
One Fine Day Films
Sunuy Films
Distributor Wide International Sales & Distribution

Sira Movie Cast & Characters:


Set in the Sahel, the plot follows a young Fulani girl, Sira (Nafissatou Cissé) traveling to meet her groom Jean-Sidi (Abdramane Barry). Suddenly she and her family are attacked by Islamist terrorists. All the men are shot and the leader of the gang, Yéré (Lazare Minoungou) takes Sira and rapes her. Left for dead in the desert, Sira finds herself alone and takes refuge in a cave as she weaves her survival plan.

About Sira Movie:

Sira is a drama film written and directed by Apolline Traoré and starring Nafissatou Cissé, Mike Danon, Lazare Minoungou, Nathalie Vairac, and Ruth Werner. It is a co-production between Burkina Faso, Senegal, France and Germany.

The lead actor, Nafissatou Cissé was selected out of more than 1,000 girls, who were auditioned.

The film received a grant from World Cinema Fund (WCF Africa Program) of €39,000 in November 2021.

The film was filmed in Mauritania, Northwest Africa.

On 14 February it was reported that Paris-based sales company Wide has acquired worldwide rights of the film.

It had its world premiere on 21 February 2023 at the 73rd Berlin International Film Festival, where it won the Panorama Audience Award for Best Feature Film. It was selected as the Burkinabé entry in the Best International Feature Film category for the 96th Academy Awards. Burkina Faso submitted a film for the first time since 1989. On December 7, it appeared in the eligible list for consideration for the 2024 Oscars, but, it didn’t make it to the shortlist.