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The Ambassador’s Wife
La Femme de l'ambassadeur
© Theresa Traore Dahlberg Productions

Nous sommes dans un jardin somptueux à Ouagadougou. La femme de l'ambassadeur français rêvait de devenir chanteuse d'opéra. À défaut, le chant est devenu pour elle une question de survie dans un environnement apparemment privilégié.

The wife of the French ambassador in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso is bored. Once in a while she’ll play a game of tennis, or maybe swim a few lengths in her private pool. She used to dream of being a famous opera singer, but now she practices her repertoire knowing she’ll never perform for a large audience. A career isn't even an option, because the wives of ambassadors aren’t allowed to work.
In powerful, measured and beautifully styled scenes, director Theresa Traore Dahlberg—who spent part of her childhood in Burkina Faso—exposes the pitfalls of a privileged life. This discreet, short portrait of an ambassador’s wife also offers a witty and critical perspective on neocolonial relations, power structures, class differences and gender disparities. While the ambassador’s wife tries to relax in her luxurious surroundings, she’s surrounded by staff and servants who are busy working and making noise.