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Ouaga Girls

Fall Grants 2016
Current project status: COMPLETED

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Theresa Traore Dahlberg / Feature Documentary / Burkina Faso, Sweden, Qatar / 2017 / 80 min / Original Language: French / Interests: Women, Coming of age, Social Issues, Youth, Identity, Creative Documentary


The sun shines over an open garage in Burkina Faso’s capital, where Bintou is lacquering a car door. She is attending a feminist-initiated education centre for women who have been ostracised by society. The centre aims to strengthen these women’s independence by teaching them a profession traditionally reserved for men – that of the car mechanic. Bintou isn’t sure this is the vocation for her, but she has a four-year-old daughter and the school is a way to secure income. In the shade outside, Chantalle waits her turn. A good student, she is proud of her future profession, but the disappearance of her mother triggers recurrent panic attacks and the school is now her only refuge. During their last year at school, Bintou and Chantalle and their friends become increasingly complex and mysterious, drawing us deeper into the large and small choices that will shape their lives.


Theresa Traore Dahlberg
Theresa Traore Dahlberg
David Herdies

About the Director

Theresa Traore Dahlberg was born in 1983 and spent her childhood on the Swedish island of Öland and in Burkina Faso. She studied at the New School in New York and at the Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts. Her ground-breaking graduation film, ‘Taxi Sister’ (2011), about a female taxi driver in Dakar, was screened at festivals worldwide. Dahlberg has been active in several film and art projects around the world and is constantly pushing the boundaries of art, sculpture and filmmaking. She is now studying for an MFA at the Royal Institute of Art in Sweden. ‘Ouaga Girls’ marks her feature-length filmmaking debut.

Production Company Profile

Momento Film was founded in 2011 by director and producer David Herdies. Since its start, Momento Film has established itself as one of Sweden’s most vibrant independent documentary production companies, producing numerous short and feature-length documentaries and establishing a strong international network. To date, the company has produced 15 films, which have premiered in some of the most prestigious film festivals in the world, among them the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival, CPH:DOX and the Gothenburg Film Festival, and has successfully moved into producting fiction films, with Simón Mesa Soto’s short film ‘Madre’ premiering in the Official Competition at the Festival de Cannes.

Awards and Festival History


"Visions du Reel 2017, Grand Angle
TEMPO 2017
Carthage FF 2017
IDFA 2017, Camera in Focus - Best of Fests


Dragon Award for Best Nordic Documentary, Gothenburg IFF 2017 (WP)


  • Main Contact

    David Herdies

    Momento Film AB

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