“Os chineses fazem as coisas, os malgaxes as consertam.”Confrontados com a adversidade e as lutas diárias, a maneira malgaxe de vida é uma mistura de criatividade, música, alegria de viver, fraternidade e, acima de tudo, um sentimento de reciclagem criativa.
Through the lives of Bouba, the video club operator, and Jules Cesar, the djembe maker and player who sees the djembe, a skin-covered hand drum, as the big brother of cinema, Jean-Marie Teno turns the portrait of the Ouagadougou neighborhood of St. Leon into an introspection on his craft as a filmmaker, as well as a personal reflection on art, popular...
Chronic of a rather particular afternoon during which the lives of three people changes dramatically. Alex, the husband, goes to his in-laws' to bring home his second wife. An intimate portrait of polygamy in contemporary Cameroon.
In 1997, I witnessed several troubling events in Cameroon: in my village a young boy was nearly lynched by mob “justice”. I went to a wedding and learned that, by law, the husband is the ruler of the family. CHIEF! is a documentary chronicle of the trials and tribulations of daily life under a dictatorship. Jean-Marie Teno
In Cameroon taxis are supposed to be yellow. Nonetheless Sobgui drives his blue station wagon around the streets of Douala, “helping his brothers out under the hot sun to get home.” Sobgui is a “CLANDO”, an illegal (clandestine) taxicab driver.
Afrique, je te plumerai provides a devastating overview of 100 years of cultural genocide in Africa. Director Jean-Marie Teno uses Cameroon, the only African country colonized by three European powers, as the basis for a carefully researched case study of the continuing damage done to traditional African societies by alien neocolonial cultures.
The story begins in a small village in Rhodesia, in 1975, as the civil war is hotting up, the lives of two teenage girls are dramatically changed when the father of one them is made prisoner. They join the Liberation army in Mozambique and train on equal terms with men, adopting war names 'Flame' and 'Liberty'. Selected at Director's fortnight - Cannes 1996