Filmmaker Rosine Mbakam lived in Cameroon with her mother Bamiléké until she was 27. In her first feature-length documentary, she compares that time in the country to darkness: a place she is familiar with, but can’t fully fathom yet. After studying film in Belgium she, her son and a camera returned to shed light on that darkness. Liberated from her traditional upbringing and a mother herself now, she views the lives of Cameroon women from an entirely new perspective.
In conversation with her daughter, mama Bamiléké talks about her arranged marriage, life with a second wife in the family, the endless work at the market and hiding in the jungle from the French occupiers. Despite this suffering, Mbakam discovers a positive: the women’s union with which they help one another in times of need. Mbakam shows these organised women’s faces thereby celebrating their strength.
Programme IFFR 2018
Multifaceted contemporary African and African-diaspora cinema with special focus on the history of the Pan-African movement as captured in film.Read more about this programme