This documentary of repressive political realities in Cameroon begins with the 1990 publication of an open letter to President Biya calling for a national conference – and the immediate arrest of the letter’s author and publisher. The narration then examines the nation’s colonial history, beginning with the first German missionary in 1901… —IMDb
Jean-Marie Teno was born in the Cameroon in 1954 and has lived in Paris since 1977. He belongs to the generation of ´young´ African filmmakers of the 90s. With committed short, documentary and feature films, he wants to open the eyes of Africans and Europeans to colonialism, neo-colonialism, migration, dictatorship and the abuse of power in Africa.
´Europeans should know more about Africa,´ says Jean-Marie Teno, now living in Paris. In his short, documentary and feature films, he has shed much light on the dark spot ´Africa´ in the eyes of Europeans. In whatever medium he works, Teno is a sharp critic of authoritarian regimes like those which he has experienced in the Cameroon and other African states. His works also focus on the colonial past and current neo-colonial conditions, even in his own métier.
Just as Africa´s political spectrum is still determined mainly by the former colonial powers, so its film-production is financed mainly by the earlier metropolises and the… read more