By Shout-Africa Cameroon Correspondent – On show were movies and photographs from Cameroon and other countries of the African continent.
The first edition of the African Festival of Digital Movies and Photography, FAFVIP, took to the public gallery in Douala 15 African cultures siphoned into movies; 10 from Cameroon. Five other films were foreign-produced movies from Tunisia, Algeria, Namibia, Madagascar, and Ivory Coast which are still being distributed.
During the one week festival, the projection caravan featured films on strong themes at the Bépanda, Oyack, New Bell, Bali and Bonendalè neighbourhoods. About 400 persons attended the projections daily. It was an important meeting point for actors and cinematographers in the construction of the Cameroonian cinematographic industry and redynamise creativity not only to promote film watching or its projection, but also to project those who work behind the cameras – not so known by the public.
The objective of the festival was to promote and disseminate audiovisual products (photographs, videos and television products) with the goal of spurring more support to the film industry. The Cameroonian movies were produced by La FABRIK du Cinéma based in Douala, which produced “Du Coq à L’Arme” and “L’Agent du Beurre”, and are being distributed by the association, Box Office. Organizing President of FAFVIP, Boudjeka Kamto, expresses gratitude to the supported by the Ministry of Arts and Culture and other structures. “The festival was entirely financed by FAFVIP,” he added.
The festival featured titles like “Mama est une Etoile”, “Du Coq à l’Arme”, “Kadji”, L’Envers du Décor”, “Orange Juice”, “Le Prix du remord”, “Les Diamants Sacrés”, “Allah Ghaleb”, “Looking for Lillonga”, “L’Argent du Beurre”, “Couloir”, “Cimetière”, “Au de-là de l’Ambition”, “Ainsi va la Vie”, “Hotel Vianello”. In “Ainsi va la Vie”, two lovers confront difficulties of life; the mother of Gaby distances herself from Youpi following ensuing hardship in a marriage she arranged for them. In “Couloir”, a certain Olingayo, a celebrated journalist, leads a horrible life with his family. While preparing for diner, two assailants break in and forcibly took him into an unknown destination where he undergoes an untold and indescribable torture. “Cimetière” tells the story of a Reverend Father who was tortured during a requiem by thieves who had before then assaulted and killed the one for whom the requiem mass is being said.