The cinema is their dream and they wish to make it their job, living from their passion. The Ecrans Noirs Festival in Yaoundé, Cameroon, is organising a competition of short films entitled “10 days for a movie,” the deadline imposed to write, shoot and edit one’s project on Saturday, July 23. Three students are in the final.
A building at the roadside, Fokou Ndong district, in Yaounde. Upstairs, Asseh Felicia, 24, a film production student is finalising her film. “It’s the postproduction: gather the images. ”
“Hell is my genre”
The title of the Felicia’s film? Hell is my genre. In other words, when being a girl is an ordeal. “This is about a young girl who lost her mother two months ago. She stayed with her stepfather and thelatter’s sons. Her half-brother Eric has been raping her for a year. And when he rapes her for the umpteenth time she becomes pregnant. ”
“The Cameroonian public needs this”
Sex, betrayal … everything that a Cameroonian viewer loves. At least Felicia Asseh hopes so: “I say to myself that the Cameroonian public needs that, because if we create more and more themes of this kind in which he recognises himself, I think people will come to the cinema. Today I admit that there are many more people interested in it. When you tell someone you believe in cinema, he bursts out laughing.”
Saturday, finished laughing. There will be the results of the competition. At the end of it all, three weeks of training in Berlin and a cheque for one million CFA francs.
By Sébastien Jédor