Gabon

Imunga Ivanga – Dôlè AKA Money (2000)

Plot Synopsis:
Dôlè offers a Gabonese perspective on the global crisis facing today’s youth. This film reveals that, whether in Libreville or in our own inner cities and suburbs the underlying causes of youthful disaffection can be remarkably similar.
Dôlè provides one of the most affectionate and affecting portraits of African youth poised precariously on the cusp of modernity. It has already been widely compared to François Truffaut’s iconic coming of age film – a kind of ‘Le quatre cents coups’ in Gabon. Read More »

Bassek Ba Kobhio – Le grand blanc de Lambaréné AKA The Great White of Lambarene (1995)

Cameroonian filmmaker Bassek ba Kobhio provides a fascinating revisionist perspective on Albert Schweitzer, Noble Peace Prize winner and secular saint of the colonial era.

Like Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask, this film begins to rewrite the history of colonialism from the point of view of the colonized. Le Grand Blanc de Lambaréné is not, however, a facile exercise in iconoclasm but rather a deeply-felt lament for a missed opportunity, for a cross-cultural encounter between Africa and Europe which never happened. Read More »