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The Two Faces of a Bamileke Woman
Northwest Film Forum
Seattle, WA
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The Two Faces of a Bamileke Woman
Sun Oct 20: 7.30pm
Wed Oct 23: 8.00pm
Wed Oct 30: 8.00pm

Rosine Mbakam
1h 16m

** A ticket to one Rosine Mbakam show is a ticket to both! Chez Jolie Coiffure and The Two Faces of a Bamileke Woman play one after the other on Oct. 20, 23 & 30  if you are a ticketholder for either, you may give your name at will call for admission to the other. This program is co-presented with LANGSTON Seattle **

Cinema is things you film and everyone can watch. Things that sometimes happen right in front us. Or things that we will never see that are shown to us. Mâ Brêh

Rosine Mbakam left Cameroon at 27 to live in Belgium. Seven years laterhaving studied film and married a Europeanshe returns, accompanied by her son. Motivated by a desire to better understand her past and the place she grew up, Rosine is nonetheless surprised by the revelations her mother and other women make in startlingly intimate conversations.

The Two Faces of a Bamileke Woman opens with Rosine making what she calls a journey into darknessto the village of her birth, and later to the capital city of Yaoundé, where her mother now lives most of the year. In the village of Tonga, her mother, Mâ Brêh, shares memories of the horrors of the war against French colonizers, and of daily life for a Cameroonian woman in an arranged marriagea fate Rosine herself barely escaped, leaving the family of an angry ex-fiancé behind.

Rosine accompanies her mother, aunts, and other women while they go about daily tasks: cooking fish, serving kokistew to a crowd, and selling goods at a thriving market stall. Like many immigrants, she finds herself distant from her home country, yet drawn to its rituals and memories. She goes through a dusty suitcase of her late fathers documents, asks if she has damaged family traditions by marrying a white man, teaches her son to say I love you grandma in Bamikele, and asks her mother to do a traditional post-birth ritual several years after the fact.

As she spends more time with her mother and the women around her, Rosine reveals the strength of their solidarity and their ability to face adversitywhether hiding for their lives from French soldiers or being committed to a man for marriage at age eight. This world of womens work and womens struggles is one that surrounded her in her early years, but she couldnt recognize itor its complexityuntil she had been away from the social structures of her country.

The Two Faces of a Bamileke Woman is a sharply observed, nuanced and powerful feature documentary debut that captures the relationship between a woman and her motherand subtly expresses the dislocation of emigration.

Description and all images courtesy of Icarus Films.

Wrought with bliss and wonder; an exciting contribution to the canon of contemporary African cinema.  Alexandra M. Thomas, Yale University, in the journal H-Black Europe

A film that is both tender and powerful. Marie Baget, The Documentary Blog


Northwest Film Forum (View)
1515 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
United States




Owner: Northwest Film Forum
On BPT Since: May 27, 2004
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