Documentary filmmaker (Cameroon)

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.


  • The Colonial Misunderstanding, 2004

  • Alex's Wedding, 2002

  • A Trip to the Country, 2000

  • CHIEF!, 1999

  • Clandestine, 1996

  • Head in the Clouds, 1994

  • Africa, I will fleece you, 1992

  • Mister Foot, 1991

  • The Last Trip, 1990

  • Bikutsi Water Blues, 1988

  • La gifle et la caresse, 1987

  • Yellow Fever Taxi man, 1985

  • Homage, 1985

  • Shubbah, 1983