NYOM - LEO LE ROI
MASSAN A BIROKO
JULES BERTIN NYANKAM
MATTHIAS OWONA NGUINI
JEAN CLAUDE BISSOU
LE VIEUX CROCODILE
Kristina Konrad - weltfilm,
Jean-Pierre Bekolo Sarl
The disappearance of the President of Cameroon few days before the elections is a sign that the "specter" has taken over. Young people are becoming restless, Old people are now telling, intellectuals are more and more debating, prisoners are planning, women feel like resisting‚Ä¶
Why are all the unemployed youth riding moto-taxis? Why are babies being stolen in public hospitals? Why no local hero still has no name on the street and no monument? Why is such a beautiful country in so much despair? Why has the old president never been to Soweto, nor to Harlem?
These are the different faces of 42 years of the same regime revealed by "the specter" The story of succession, the story of independence, the story of revolution, the story of killing and death, the story of betrayal, the story of the people, the story of power‚Ä¶ in one specific country‚Ä¶ Cameroon.
Because Africa is not a country, because the whole continent's story can't be the story of misery, poverty and diseases, the challenge is to get the media not just to tell the continent's story differently, but to tell a different story. One country at a time, looking at the contradictions and the hope through stories of the people and their imagination.
THE PRESIDENT is an attempt to reinvent the genre not just by mixing fiction and reality but also by artistic treatment in form and imagery.
Film must use its aesthetic and narrative potential to play a role in the African democratic process.
The film takes shape around activism, but without losing its light touch. It asks questions about the responsibility of those in power. "The President" is an allegory about the men who run Africa. We know they all like to see themselves as wild beasts - panther, crocodile, lion - if not as gods of Africa. The President tries to clear a place for film in the arena of African politics, where truth is sometimes stranger than fiction.
After the Arab spring, we're still waiting for black Africa to rebel. But heads of State who have been in power for decades will not go easily. Film must use its aesthetic and narrative potential to play a role in the African democratic process.
The film takes shape around activism, but without losing its light touch. It asks questions about the responsibility of those in power. THE PRESIDENT is an allegory about the men who run Africa. We know they all like to see themselves as wild beasts - panther, crocodile, lion - if not as gods of Africa. The President tries to clear a place for film in the arena of African politics, where truth is sometimes stranger than fiction.
Production Company''s Profile
The Cameroon-based company Jean-Pierre Bekolo S.a.r.l. is involved in production and co-production, training, distribution, conception, writing, broadcasting, sales and marketing of musical, audiovisual, literary, artistic, digital and film product.
27/10/2013 > 07/11/2013 festival |Allemagne | Cinema Africa! 2013 (Bayreuth) Die Afrikanischen Filmtage 2013 finden statt zwischen dem 27.10. und dem 7.11., im Cineplex Bayreuth. In Zusammenarbeit mit der Universit√§t Bayreuth, Romanistik
01/11/2013 > 10/11/2013 festival |Royaume-Uni | Film Africa 2013 10 days of more than fifty of the best African fiction and documentary films from across the continent, With lively Q&As and panel discussions featuring leading African filmmakers, and a dynamic programme of cultural events.