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Rosine Mbakam Programme Three

Venue: Birkbeck 43 Gordon Square

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Film: Chez Jolie Coiffure, Rosine Mfetgo Mbakam, Cameroon/Belgium, 2018, DCP, 78 minutes, French with English subtitles

Date: Thursday 21 April 2022

Time: 18:30

Venue: Birkbeck Cinema 

Sabine is a Cameroonian hairdresser who runs a small salon, Jolie Coiffure, in the Matonge district of Brussels. Despite having been in Belgium for almost a decade, she is still awaiting a decision on her asylum application. Mbakam’s observational portrait captures Sabine’s daily life at the salon surrounded by an eclectic cast of patrons and visitors, many of whom harbour similar fears of deportation. Shot entirely within the confines of the salon, Mbakam’s engaged, attentive camera reveals the reality of life in this little-known corner of the city.

With the support of Wallonia-Brussels International.

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