Ouagadougou (AFP)

With "Walabok, how are the youth?", Senegalese Fatoumata Kane won first prize for best TV series, while Gabonese Samantha Biffot won second prize with "Mami wata: the mystery of Iveza".

"The best African series was a surprise for the jury. We were unanimous because it is a very unique series which mixes documentary and fiction, shot for years", declared the president of the jury "TV series and films of 'animation ", Frédéric Lavigne.

In the animated films category, "Akplokplobito", a film by Togolese Ingrid Agbo on the stigmatization of women, won first prize.

The second was awarded to "The Dinkan Valley" by Guinean Mohamed Kaba.

With three special prizes, including that of the best female filmmaker in West Africa, for her documentary film "Zinder" which deals with gang violence in the ostracized neighborhoods of her hometown, the Nigerien director Aïcha Macky in was strongly applauded.

"These awards constitute an encouragement, a recognition, a validation of a job well done", responded Aicha Macky, explaining to AFP that it took eight years for this "rather difficult shoot", sometimes marked by "rites of passage to have access to certain groups ".

"It is a source of pride today to see that these sacrifices pay off," she added.

"The three lascars", by Boubacar Diallo, the only Burkinabé film in official competition in the feature film category, won one of the most coveted special prizes, that of the integration of the Economic Community of African Development of the West (ECOWAS).

In the short film section, the Thomas Sankara prize, awarded by the African Guild of Directors and Producers, rewarded "Tuk-Tuk" by the Egyptian Mohamed Kheidr, who also won the luck prize from the Burkina Faso National Lottery .

The 27th Fespaco, October 20, 2021 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso Issouf SANOGO AFP / Archives

The supreme award, the Yennega Gold Standard, will be unveiled on Saturday at the close of Fespaco which started a week ago.

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