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Quartier Mozart. (Cameroon, France, 1992)

Directed by Jean-Pierre Kekolo. Queen of the 'Hood is a proud young girl who doesn't want to be taken advantage of by men. She befriends a local sorceress who helps her enter the body of a young man, My Guy, so she can discover for herself the real "sexual politics" of the quarter. Meanwhile, the sorceress assumes the shape of Panka, a familiar comic figure in Cameroonian folklore with sexual powers. In this sex farce, women's wisdom and "witchcraft" help to temporarily regain the balance of power in a sexist world. In French with English subtitles. 81 min.

Sango Malo. (Cameroon | Burkina Faso, 1991)

Directed by Bassek ba Kobhio. A new high school teacher brings turmoil to a rural Cameroonian village when he introduces sex education and vocational training into the curriculum. He also starts agricultural and marketing cooperatives for villagers that the students work on as part of their education. In French with English subtitles. 93 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

Sisters in Law

A documentary record of a courtroom in Kumba, Cameroon, where a female prosecutor and judge work to put an end to their community's tacit acceptance of child abuse, wife beating and rape. With fierce compassion, the tough-minded state prosecutor Vera Ngassa and court president Beatrice Ntuba dispense wisdom, wisecracks and justice in fair measure. Directed by Kim Longinotto and Florence Ayisi. 2005. 104 min. web web sites: Description from Women Make Movies catalog

The Forest (Le silence de la foret)(France | Cameroon | Gabon | Central African Republic, 2003)

Directors: Bassek Ba Kobhio, Didier Ouenangare. Cast: Eric Ebouaney, Sonia Zembourou, Philippe Maury, Nadege Beausson-Diagne . In a twist on the old story of Westerners' encounters with African cultures, Le silence de la foret focuses instead on what happens when a European-educated African interacts with the rainforest people incorrectly and pejoratively known as "pygmies" (who are more accurately called the Biaka). It is about the difficulty for even the most well-intentioned person to know and respect people of cultures radically different from their own.

The JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance:

Cameroon, Zaire, Tanzania; Chad, Cameroon; Ivory Coast, Botswana, Republic of South Africa (for complete listing of contents and times, consult OskiCat under series title: JVC Video Anthology of World Music and Dance).

To Touch the World

This video takes viewers to the home of returned Peace Corps volunteer Thurman Mattiesen where he discusses his Peace Corps experience in Cameroon. 1996. 10 min.

West Africa, The Fabric of Reform(Economic Recovery in Africa)

The Cote d'Ivoire, Cameroon, and Mali are West African countries that are undergoing economic reform. With the help of the International Monetary Fund, they are overcoming such obstacles as corruption, overregulated markets, and government overspending that have stunted the economic growth of this region for decades. This program presents the IMF and the application of economic theory in Africa, with all of its unique problems. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1998. 32 min.