A Trip to the Country

Documentary, Cameroon/France/Germany, 2008, 75 min.

A Trip to the Country is a voyage in search of the illusion of modernity, which haunts Cameroonian society; a kind of “tropical modernity” which can be summarised as follows: Everything from Europe is modern, while all things local are archaic and must be discarded…

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A Trip to the Country – New Edition

Documentary, Cameroon/France/Germany, 2008, 75 min.

English or French subtitles

A Trip to the Country is a voyage in search of the illusion of modernity, which haunts Cameroonian society; a kind of “tropical modernity” which can be summarised as follows: Everything from Europe is modern, while all things local are archaic and must be discarded…

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Alex’s Wedding

Documentary, Cameroon/France, 2002, 45 min.

French and Bandjoun with English subtitles

Chronicle of a rather particular afternoon during which the lives of three people change dramatically: Alex, the husband, goes to his in-laws’ to bring home his second wife. Elise, Alex’s childhood sweetheart and first wife, accompanies him – as she must, according to tradition. And Josephine, the young bride, leaves her parents to begin a new life.

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Alex’s Wedding – New Edition

Documentary, Cameroon/France, 2002, 45 min.

English or French subtitles

Chronicle of a rather particular afternoon during which the lives of three people change dramatically: Alex, the husband, goes to his in-laws’ to bring home his second wife. Elise, Alex’s childhood sweetheart and first wife, accompanies him – as she must, according to tradition. And Josephine, the young bride, leaves her parents to begin a new life.

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Head in the Clouds

Documentary, 1994, 34 minutes

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The Colonial Misunderstanding

Documentary, Cameroon/France/Germany, 2004, 78 min.

PAL all zones; French, English, and German subtitles

The film looks at Christian evangelism as the forerunner of European colonialism in Africa, indeed, as the ideological model for the relationship between North and South even today. In particular it looks at the role of missionaries in Namibia on the centenary of the 1904 German genocide of the Herrero people there.

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Afrique, je te plumerai

Documentary, Cameroon/France/Germany, 1992, 88 min.

In a daring free style construction, Afrique, je te plumerai mixes past and present, establishing a link between yesterday’s colonial experience and today’s violence and corruption in Cameroon, the only African country colonized by three European powers: France, Germany and Great Britain.

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Chief!

Documentary, Cameroon, 1999, 61 min.

During the month of December, 1997, I witnessed several troubling events in Cameroon: In my village a young boy was nearly lynched by a mob people’s justice in a lawless state. I went to a wedding and learned that, by law, the husband is the ruler of the family. A highly respected journalist was imprisoned without a trial for writing an article about the health of the president.

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Homage

Documentary, Cameroon, 1985, 13 minutes

With poetry and irony, Homage celebrates the playfulness of life with its share of difficulties and tragedy in Bafoussam, Teno’s hometown in Western Cameroon. One of the best piece of Autobiography in visual arts.

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Sacred Places

Documentary, Cameroon/France, 2009, 70 min.

French with German, English, Italian, Portugese, or Spanish subtitles

Through the lives of Bouba, the video club operator, and Jules Cesar, the djembe maker and player who sees the djembe, a skin-covered hand drum, as the big brother of cinema, Jean-Marie Teno turns the portrait of the Ouagadougou neighborhood of St. Leon into an introspection on his craft as a filmmaker, as well as a personal reflection on art, popular culture, and buisness in Africa today.

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Clandestine

Fiction, Cameroon/France/Germany, 1996, 98 min.

“One hears the voice of Africa expressing itself in the first person and taking the risk of its subjectivity, without using the excuse of poverty or relying on folklorism. This is, above all, very courageous.”

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The Film of Jean-Marie Teno

Jean-Marie Teno, Africa’s preeminent documentary filmmaker, has been producing and directing films on the colonial and post-colonial history of Africa for over twenty years. Films by Jean-Marie Teno have been honored at festivals worldwide: Berlin, Toronto, Yamagata, Cinema du Reel, Visions du Reel, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Liepzig, San Francisco, London. In the U.S., many of his films including Africa, je te plumerai; A Trip to the Country; Clando; Chief!; Alex’s Wedding; and The Colonial Misunderstanding, have been broadcast and featured at festivals across the country. Teno has been a guest of the Flaherty Seminar, an artist in residence at the Pacific Film Archive of the University of California, Berkeley, and has lectured at numerous universities. Most recently, he was a visiting artist at Amherst College as a 2007-08 Copeland Fellow.

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Filmography

  • 2004: The Colonial Misunderstanding (Le Malentendu Colonial)
  • 2002: Alex’s Wedding (Le Mariage d’Alex)
  • 2000: A Trip to the Country (Vacances Au Pays)
  • 1999: CHIEF! (CHEF!)
  • 1996: Clandestine (Clando)
  • 1994: Head in the Clouds (La Tete dans les Nuages)
  • 1992: Africa, I will fleece you (Afrique, je te plumerai)
  • 1991: Mister Foot
  • 1990: The Last Trip (Le Dernier Voyage)
  • 1988: Bikutsi Water Blues
  • 1987: La gifle et la caresse
  • 1985: Yellow Fever Taxi man (Fievre Jaune Taximan)
  • 1985: Homage (Hommage)
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