The cemetery of elephants
by Eleonore Yameogo


This documentary tells the tumultuous life of white missionaries on their journey through Africa. It traces their route, since the arrival of the first of them before colonization, until their return to France, at an advanced age, to complete their existence in a retirement home.

This nursing home is located in Bry-sur-Marne, a suburb of Paris. The local residents call it the “cemetery of elephants”. It hosts about thirty boarders, including Father François de Gaulle, nephew of the General De Gaulle.

Documentary, 52', Burkina Faso / France, 2018
Author & Director : Eleonore Yameogo
Cinematographer: Jean-Baptiste Béïs, François Perlier, Moussa Ouedraogo
Sound: Mohamed Zerbo
Editing: Rémy Ratynska, Frédéric Legrand, Nathalie Vignères
Sound editing: Ivan Broussegoutte
Color correction: Frédéric Legrand

Coproduction: Onezik, Kto TV

With the participation of the department of Charente-Maritime, the Region New Aquitaine, the CNC, the Procirep - Société des Producteurs and the Angoa, and the Fonds Image de l'Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie.


  • Best Documentary Feature, international selection, Festicab, Burundi, 2019
  • Fespaco, feature-length documentary competition, Ouagadougou - Burkina-Faso, from February 23rd to March 2sd, 2019
  • Fespaco in France, Paris, April 20th, 2019
  • Festicab, Bujumbura - Burundi, May 4th to 11th, 2019
  • Espelhos d'Africa, Salvador - Brasil, from may, 24th to june, 1st, 2019
  • Preview, L'archipel Theatre, Paris, January 11th, 2019