Born in 1966, Julie Courel grew up in Burkina-Faso. A documentary film-maker and researcher in documentary and anthropological cinema in Ouagadougou (Burkina-Faso), Julie Courel has been teaching video practice at Beaux-Arts de Paris for twenty years.
In her research, she takes particular interest in the daily experience of rapidly changing Ouagalais communities. Her film, Je fabrique un balafon (2007), which explores the traditional manufacture of a mythical musical instrument from West Africa, was awarded the Bartok Prize for Ethnomusicology at the Festival International Jean Rouch (2008) and her doctoral thesis on street food, was published in 2015 as The Tchara restaurant, accompanied by three films.
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