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Rosine Mbakam Programme Two

Venue: Birkbeck 43 Gordon Square

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Film: Two Faces of A Bamiléké Women (Les deux visages d’une femme Bamiléké), Rosine Mfetgo Mbakam, Cameroon/Belgium, 2018, DCP, 76 minutes, French with English subtitles 

Date: Wednesday 20 April 2022

Time: 18:30

Venue: Birkbeck Cinema

In Mbakam’s first feature-length work, the filmmaker, accompanied by her young son, returns to Cameroon seven years after leaving to study film in Belgium. Travelling first to Tonga, her native village, and then to Yaoundé, Mbakam reunites with her mother and the extended community of women that raised her who – through a series of intimate conversations – offer reflections on arranged marriage, family tragedy and life under French colonial rule. Between richly detailed scenes observing her mother’s daily routines and rituals, Mbakam’s measured narration considers her own complex relationship with her familial and national roots.  

The screening will be followed by a conversation with Rosine Mbakam.

With the support of Wallonia-Brussels International.

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