Kollo Daniel Sanou was born in 1949 in Borodougou in Burkina Faso. He studied at the Institut National des Arts in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, and at the Conservatoire Libre du Cinéma Français in Paris, France. He has made over 25 documentary and cartoon films since 1977. His first film was Paweogo (The Immigrant), released in 1982 with production by CINAFRIC, a company set up by local businessman Martial Ouédraogo to produce and distribute local Burkinabé films. However, shortly after the completion of the film, CINAFRIC went bankrupt and had to close due to lack of investment. Paweogo would be the only film the company ever produced. The film was, however, nominated for that year's FESPACO awards. Sanou served as director and screenwriter for the 2004 film Tasuma, a comedy-drama of a Burkinabé war veteran who had fought for France abroad returning to his home village. The film was well received by critics. In 2001, he helped with the television production Taxi brousse, for which he directed 8 films.