A documentary examining political repression in Cameroon, Central Africa.

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Jean-Marie Téno ...
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Narcisse Kouokam
Marie Claire Dati
Essindi Mindja
Aboubakar Toine
Ange Guetouom
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This documentary of repressive political realities in Cameroon begins with the 1990 publication of an open letter to President Biya calling for a national conference - and the immediate arrest of the letter's author and publisher. The narration then examines the nation's colonial history, beginning with the first German missionary in 1901, the establishment of schools, French occupation following World War I, the paucity of books written by and published by Cameroonians, and the repression of the CPU, a leftist organization of the 1950s and 1960s. Cameroon and its people are the lark, its feathers plucked first by colonialism and then by native strongmen: 'Alouette, je te plumerai.' Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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13 November 2002 (France)  »

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Africa, I Will Fleece You  »

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Disjointed and relatively uninteresting
10 September 2004 | by (Athens, GA) – See all my reviews

I saw this film and my main thought the entire show was, "What is the point?" The director is trying for such a surreal and disjointed film that he overshoots and makes one that is nearly incomprehensible. The topic jumps around from colonialism to neocolonialism, to book publishing in Cameroon, political violence, and stand-up comedy.

Scenes of violence or colonial propaganda are thrown into the film with the result being too jarring. Instead of feeling anything, you are just left confused as to what happened.

The title is drawn from the well-known french song, but there is very little to connect to that song other than a brief moment in the film and a vague theme of colonialism taking advantage of the colony. Since anyone watching this film would almost certainly be familiar with the basics of colonialism, the film doesn't really add anything to the discussion.


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