Une Feuille dans le vent
(Leaf in the Wind, 2013)
Filmmaker: Jean-Marie Teno
Nicholson Hall Room 35
Discussion and refreshments to follow
Jean-Marie Teno, Africa's preeminent documentary filmmaker, has been producing and directing films on the colonial and post-colonial history of Africa for over 20 years. His films have been honored worldwide and broadcast or featured across the U.S. Teno has been a guest of the Flaherty Seminar, an artist in residence at the Pacific Film Archive of the University of California, Berkeley, and has lectured at numerous universities. Most recently he was a visiting artist at Amherst College as a 2007-08 Copeland Fellow.
Abstract: Ernestine Ouandie never knew her father, Ernest Ouandie, a militant who was summarily executed by the Cameroonian authorities in 1971 after fighting for his country's independence. In 2006, Jean-Marie Teno, one of Ernestine's admirers, met Ernestine by chance; she told him her life story, from a deeply painful childhood to an adulthood haunted by the abstract, absent figure of her father.
Teno, who kept a video recording of the reminiscence, decided to make a film from it when he learned that Ernestine had committed suicide in 2009. Centred on Ernestine's raw, uncompromising testimonial, "Leaf in the Wind" is a moving reflection on the profound consequences of colonialism, not only for events but the deepest identity of individuals, generation after generation. Ouandie never knew her father.
Co-sponsored by African Studies Initiative, History, French & Italian, Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature , African American & African Studies, and Moving Image Studies (MIMS)J