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In 1986, Marie Mitchell is a young African American woman working for the FBI. Frustrated that she's been overlooked for jobs because of her gender, she jumps at the opportunity to join a task force devoted to taking down the revolutionary president of Burkina Faso. After seducing Sankara, she finds herself torn between her duty to her country and the feelings she's developed for the man she's come to admire.
After Thomas Sankara rose to power in a popularly-supported coup in 1983, he changed the name of his country from the colonial-era Upper Volta to Burkina Faso - Land of Upright Men - and launched an ambitious program for social and economic change. This program provides a detailed account of Sankara's four-year rule and explains why, despite his many tragic flaws, he is still venerated by some as the "African Che Guevara.
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