Anthro-film Laboratory 44

The Image-making from Africa, Part 2 -Perspectives from Visual Anthropology- (Zoom Meeting)

Date: 2021 March 16th 17:00~19:00 (Japan time)

This event is co-organized by African Studies Center, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies
and Kanto Branch of Japan Association of African Studies.
※Please submit the online registration form by March 14th.

Note that the meeting will be recorded for future publication.

Ethnographic film practices of various kinds from across the globe are entwined with new forms of audiovisual expressions and approaches. These practices detach visual anthropology from its Western colonial legacy and expand the horizon of knowledge creation, storytelling and collaborative research in humanities. Following the previous discussion in Part1, we dig into prospects and challenges facing the image-making on Africa more deeply through watching and discussing about two graduation films of the master course in Maroua University in Cameroun.

Itsushi Kawase
National Museum of Ethnology, Japan

Ran Muratsu
African Studies Center, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

Takanori Oishi
African Studies Center, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies

Film 1
Ladde salori, the impossible life in the bush
Filmmaker: Hamidou Hamidou
Year of production: 2020
Location: Cameroun
Duration: 36 minutes
Sound: mono
Language: Fulfulde, French (English and French Subtitles)

The film “Laddé Salori” the impossible life in the bush” portrays three Mbororo Fulani refugees’ brothers from the Central African Republic living in Meidougou, a small village in rural Cameroon. Due to violence and abduction by criminals throughout the bush areas in their region, they can no longer live their traditional pastoralists’ way of life. The days of freedom and wealth are over and their large herds have disappeared. Their cattle have been sold away to pay ransoms. The nomads had to flee and have been forced to settle. The film follows the three men’s everyday life struggle. They are obliged to start cultivating and to send their children to school. Adapting to a monetary economy in sedentary lifestyle is challenging and humiliating to them.

Film 2
Happier than a millionaire (A l’aise plus qu’un millionnaire).
Filmmaker: Atouna Michel
Year of production: 2019
Location: Maroua, Cameroon
Duration: 24 minutes
Sound: mono
Language: Fulfulde (English Subtitles)

Tchistchaz and Daylon, young men of 27 years each and their friends made narcotic drugs. For them, consuming the plethora of excitement is a way to exist in a society where young people are looking for a landmark. Exploring several drugs to the point of developing circumvention strategies in the face of societal prohibitions, our young interlocutors let us enter their world to present their visions of the world to us.

Profile of Presenters

Mouadjamou Ahmadou
Mouadjamou Ahmadou is an ethnographic filmmaker, interested in the visual aspects of culture, social changes and adaptation.
He holds a PhD in Visual Anthropology at the University of Maroua in Northern Cameroon. His research interests include social and economic transformations among peasants and pastoralists.

Hamidou Hamidou
Hamidou is a PhD candidate at the University of Maroua in Cameroon.
He made ethnographic films in Northern Norway societies and in Northern Cameroon.
The new one is : The impossible life in the bush, Ladde salori.

Atouna Michel
Atouna Michel is a PhD candidate in Visual anthropology at the University of Maroua in Cameroon.
He made a film: Happier than a millionaire. The film won a student competition prize at the international film festival (International sahelian film festival).

Ladde salori, the impossible life in the bush
Ladde salori, the impossible life in the bush