Ouaga Girls


A group of young women tweak machines and hammer away at a school for auto mechanics in Ouagadougou in this poetic story about life choices, sisterhood and the endeavor to find one’s own way. In a country with youth unemployment at 52 percent, jobs are a hot issue. The young girls at a mechanics school in Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou, are at a crucial point in life when their dreams, hopes, and courage are confronted with opinions, fears, and social expectations about women. Using interesting narrative solutions, Theresa Traore Dahlberg depicts their last school years and also succeeds in showing the country’s violent past and present. This is a feature-film debut and coming-of-age film with warmth, laughter, heartbreak and depth.