I don't hear/see a lot of films coming out of camwood?camollywood?...am not sure what they are calling the movie industry in Cameroon these days. And while we are on the topic of wood....why do other countries feel the need to align with the name Hollywood? Why not decide that...... hey, we are going to come up with our own unique name....a name that in some sense represents the culture or region in which our movie industry took off?....
Because for me, as as viewer, when i watch foreign movies, I am looking to see how the culture/society/lifestyle of that country translates into the movie, whether its through wardrobe of the actors/actresses, the music and language used etc.....
Which is why I DISLIKE African movies that try to act american....stay with the African motif! There's a way you can still show a modern African society without coming off as if you are blatantly trying to imitate Hollywood. Ghana producer Shirley Frimpong understands this and I looooooooove all her movie. You gotta check them out on www.hulu.com. Her movies such as Checkmate, A sting in the Tale, 24 Hr to Christmas, and many more are available FREE ^_^
Now back to the topic of the day: Ninah's Dowry
It's a new movie out of Cameroon and its gonna premiere at the Fort Laudadale, Florida International Film Festival on NOV 12th 2012. Obviously I am currently in New England and will not be attending. If you're in Florida and get a chance to watch it, hit me up with the 411? Perhaps I'll let you do a guest blog post about the film and experience?
Synopsis of Ninah's Dowry
At 20, Ninah is a veteran wife of 7 years and a mother of 3 who is stuck in an abusive relationship with no hope of change. When news of her gravely ill father reaches her, she disobeys her husband's orders not to go so she could speak her peace to the man who put her in bondage. After her father dies, Ninah refuses to return home and stays instead to run a small restaurant. When news reaches her husband that Ninah is pregnant, he comes to recover the dowry he paid or take home the woman he owns. By any means necessary.
Irrespective of where you're from, support African business..how else are we going to spark our economies into growth?