Chief! asks us to see beyond the cult of personality created by the dictator, allowing us to that a dictatorship is also a system with a logic, a vast machinery of corruption and irresponsibility, a state of mind that pervades an entire population. In every town, office, police station, institution we find autocratic chiefs ruling over their fiefdoms, extorting from their subordinates.Chief! examines how the authoritarian model is replicated from top to bottom, transforming all social exchanges into relationships of power and inequality. —jmteno.us
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