After the ravages of slavery and colonialism, the African continent now faces another threat: educational systems which perpetuate inferiority complexes and dependence vis-à-vis the West. This self-destructive mentality also establishes a social hierarchy placing “modern” city dwellers above “backward” rural people.
I decided to retrace the trip I took annually as a child during the school holidays from Yaounde, the big city, to Bandjoun, my village. A Trip to the Country. Along the way, I attempt to understand the hopes, regrets and frustrations of the people I encounter. When possible, I also try to serve as a bridge between city dwellers and villagers.
A Trip to the Country is a personal reflection on our obsession with modernity, our desire to conform to a certain model of “development.” Why do we turn our backs on the possibility of real progress, remaining instead dependent on so-called “aid"? As those who have always profited continue to benefit from this situation, the majority of our populations still live in misery. Is this development?.
Brilliant at FESPACO, selected for the Golden Globes, the Senegalese cinema is back more than ever on the international scene. Recognizing this potential , the Senegalese government sets up a special fund to support the directors and producers. Deadline for submission of applications 31 January 2014 .
The continent will probably be represented in these two major ceremonies by Gris-Gris from Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (Chad), Winter of discontent Ibrahim from El Batout (Egypt), Tey (Today / Today) from Alain Gomis (Senegal) and God's Horses (Horses of God) from Nabil Ayouch (Morocco).
Today, the world celebrate the Day of Children's Rights. For the occasion, find all our documentaries, animation and movies on children. Whether in South Africa, Senegal and Algeria, the subject of childhood is an inexhaustible source of inspiration.