South African film DRUM wins the grand prize, Etalon d’Or de Yennenga, at FESPACO 2005. Drum, directed by Zola Maseko, "depicts Sophiatown of the 1950’s, the breeding ground for resistance, music, love, laughter and the fun loving, hard-drinking philanderer, Henry Nxumalo, a reporter on the escapist magazine, Drum. Nxumalo’s enterprising reportage leads him into direct conflict with South Africa’s apartheid machinery with fatal consequences."
Second prize went to "La Chambre Noire" a Moroccan film directed by Hassan Benjelloun is about the "torture and extra judicial imprisonment in 1970s Morocco". Third prize went to a comedy "Tasuma Le Feu" by Burkinabe director Kollo Sanou which is about an elderly ex-service man who fought for France but still waits for his pension years later.