Documentaries from Madagascar, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guyana, Martinique, Lapland, Mozambique, Angola, Senegal, South Africa, the Caribbean ... by Marie-Clémence Paes and Cesar, Licinio Azevedo, Zeze Gamboa, Hery Rasolo, Camille Mauduech, Ramadan Suleman, William Mbaye, Gilles Elie-Dit-Cosaque
Films where music can be the subject, but also a mean to reach out to the other
At the heart of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius, Madagascar and Réunion are trying to attract foreign investment in order to continue their development. In Madagascar, Fort Dauphin, a partnership was signed with Rio Tinto for the extraction of ilmenite. But what are the benefits for the people?
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...
A Trip to the Country is a voyage in search of the illusion of modernity, which haunts Cameroonian society. A Trip to the Country questions, sometimes ironically, the notion of development associated in Africa with a “tropical modernity” which can be summarised as follows: Everything from Europe is modern, while all things local are archaic...
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.
For writing "Martinique for Martinicans" on their posters, 18 young Martinicans were charged with endangering the integrity of the French national territory in 1963. This film by Camille Mauduech, released in theaters in 2012, tells their story.