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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  • 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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