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Diébédo Francis Kéré

A selection of documentary films celebrating the work of Diébédo Francis Kéré, with special attention to his work at his native Burkina Faso. His perspectives on social and collective architecture and his work with local communities are here presented.

Friday 9 June

15:40 – 17:30


Room 11

Francis Keré:

An Architect Between

Dir. Daniel Schwartz, Switzerland, 2016

19 minutes

English, German, French with Eng. subs.

UK Premier

The work of Francis Kéré is at the forefront of a paradigm shift within design. The architect is globally renowned for using his craft to improve social, economic, and political environments in his native Burkina Faso and numerous other countries.
Globally, people are turning to designers to address intractable problems from poverty to climate change. Kéré seeks to do just this, using a mix of low-tech and high design and working in partnership with the communities for whom he builds.
This film documents several projects Kéré has built or begun in the past 15 years, and shows the architect in action between Burkina Faso and Germany, where he is attempting to build a community performance centre for Syrian refugees.

Crackle of Time – Christoph Schlingensief and his Opera Village in Burkina Faso

(Knistern der Zeit – Christoph Schlingensief und sein Operndorf in Burkina Faso)

Dir. Sibylle Dahrendorf, Germany, 2012.

106 minutes

German with Eng. subs.

An African Bayreuth? An Opera in Burkina Faso?

Crackle of Time tells the story of an impossible project, and the people involved. Christopher Schlingensief was a noted director of film, opera, and theatre who devoted himself to building a self-sufficient opera village in Burkina Faso. Working with Burkina Fasoan architect Diébédo Francis Kéré, Schlingensief worked tirelessly to oversee the establishment of this village despite terminal cancer. In 2010, Schlingensief died of cancer, but his vision endured. The opera village celebrated its opening in  2011, the same year that Schlingensief was posthumously awarded the Golde Lion at the Venice Biennale.

Crackle of Time follows the story of the opera village, from its unlikely beginnnings to it’s ultimate success.

In partnership with the Goethe-Institut London

Sensing Spaces: Architecture Re-Imagined – Diébédo Francis Kéré

Dir. Candida Richardson, UK, 2014.

8 minutes


The film centres around the village of Gando in Burkina Faso where the architect Francis Kéré is from and has returned to, to design and build a primary school. Kéré uses sustainable low-tech methods for construction which allow for the participation of the entire community. In the film he describes the use of traditional architecture in the village and explains the functionality of the school building which is based in effective ventilation and the use of bricks from local clay. The film was made for the exhibition ‘Sensing Spaces: Architecture Re-Imagined’ at the Royal Academy of Arts in London and provides an introduction to the architect and the installation he designed for the show, but is also created as a film in its own right.

In partnership with the Royal Academy of Arts

About Diébédo Francis Kéré

Diébédo Francis Kéré is an architect from the small town of Gando in Burkina Faso. During his studies in architecture and engineering, he established the Kéré foundation to fund the construction of the Gando Primary School. Kéré continues to reinvest knowledge into Burkina Faso, as well as sites across four different continents. He has developed innovative construction strategies that combine traditional materials and building techniques with modern engineering methods.

Since founding Kéré Architecture in 2005, his work has earned numerous prestigious awards such as the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture, BSI Swiss Architectural Award, Marcus Prize, Global Holcim Gold Award, and Schelling Architecture Award.
Kéré was granted the honor of chartered membership of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in 2009, and honorary fellowship of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) in 2012. He has held professorships at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Swiss Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio

Diébédo Francis Kéré has been appointed to design the Serpentine Pavilion 2017 in London (23 Jun – 8 Oct.) More info HERE