In 1998, Jean-Marie Teno went back, just for the summer, to the land of his childhood in Cameroon. From Yaoundé, the city, to Bandjoun, the village where he once used to spend his holidays, this journey enables him to take subjective, amply documented stock of his country, adopting an ironic tone. Moving from encounter to encounter, the filmmaker denounces official incompetence and the fascination for modernity imported from Europe, unsuited to Africa and its traditions.
He notes with regret that "school taught us to scorn the symbols of our culture, to despise the discourse of our grandparents". Seeking a new model for Africa, he aspires to a form of modernity that would serve the greatest number, one that would reconcile the country with its own culture.
- 2001 Theatrical release.
- 2000 Berlin Film Festival
o 2000 Cinema du Reel
- 2000 Visions du Reel, Nyon
o 2000 San Francisco Int'l. Film Festival
- 2000 Munich Documentary Festival
o 2000 Festival Vues d'Afrique - Montréal : Grand prix de la communication inter-culturelle
- Documenta 2002 Selection | KASSEL, Germany