Sprints Hospice GBOKO, born on 01/01/1993 in Bohicon in Benin, is a director, singer artist and teacher at the Abomey-Calavi campus (UAC). Recognized by the Director of the National Center for Cinema and Animated Image – Benin, Mr. Eric Todan, as the “Precursor of action films and special effects in Benin”, he is also the president of the cultural association AWA Cinema project and the founder of the production and distribution company “Sprints GBOKO”.
He has several nationally successful achievements to his credit, such as Kondo, Avitikpamba, Gayman, Coronavirus and more. For these projects, he trains and encourages young actors to improve their skills and also brings together public figures and showbiz actors such as Axel Merryl, Gros et Metis, TOTON Dieudonné, Kemtaan, Bruno BLANCHET, Crisba, Elifaz, Tiboy, Florent Hessou among others.
His new film, “The Return of Tassi” is a cinematographic fiction that pays homage to the Amazons of Benin, his country of origin. He wants to demonstrate that everything is possible in the world of African cinema with the will, the work and the necessary means. To carry out this project, he brings together a technical team worthy of the big film sets and more than a hundred novice and professional actors. He is also the screenwriter of his own film.
Through the various publications of the director, we see clearly and without any doubt that the heavy artillery has been released. Whether through the material during filming, or through the number of people involved, we know immediately that it is a real cinematic “bomb” that the director is about to launch. And for that, he does not skimp on the means: more than 6 state-of-the-art cameras for filming, a crane, a drone, several other field accessories and more than a hundred young actors faithful and devoted to this film project. , not to mention the fifteen people who make up the technical team. The technical deployment is a first in Benin in terms of cinema not sponsored by an investor or by the government.
Filming being very intense, everything will not happen without a few minor incidents. Actors fainting during filming; some days of complete filming end at very late hours in remote corners… Despite all this, everything ended well thanks to the experience and professionalism of director Sprints GBOKO.
In this film production, he also places great emphasis on a devastating disease; sickle cell disease, from which he himself suffers in one of its most severe forms since birth. The Return of Tassi thus transcends mere fiction to become a perfect marriage between the imaginary and certain realities of Africa. Through his scenario, he aims to raise public awareness of this disease and even goes so far as to illustrate the reactions during crises in patients with sickle cell disease. All the necessary measures are taken to make this film a real EVENT when it is released.
Despite its achievements, efforts and dedication to Beninese cinema, Sprints GBOKO does not receive any funding, it works without a sponsor. It deserves to be recognized for its place as a pioneer of action films in Benin, but it is waiting for the competent authorities or producers to react favorably and provide it with the necessary support so that Beninese and African cinema is finally of high quality. .