Directed by Rosine Mbakam

Directed by Rosine Mbakam

3 Episodes

Working across both documentary and narrative, Cameroonian auteur Rosine Mbakam makes intimate, exquisitely observed portraits of West African women both at home and abroad that illuminate their inner lives with quiet force. In her early shorts DOORS OF THE PAST and YOU WILL BE MY ALLY and in her acclaimed narrative feature debut MAMBAR PIERRETTE—a rich mosaic of everyday survival in Douala, Cameroon, making its streaming debut here—she honors the painful realities of the immigrant experience, the complexities of cross-cultural identity, and the power and resilience of women in the face of hardship.

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Directed by Rosine Mbakam
  • Mambar Pierrette

    Episode 1

    Directed by Rosine Mbakam • 2011 • Belgium, Cameroon
    Starring Pierrette Aboheu, Karelle Kenmogne, Cécile Tchana

    Over the past decade, Cameroonian filmmaker Rosine Mbakam has distinguished herself with her incisive observational documentary portraits of African women. With MAMBAR PIERRETTE, her f...

  • Doors of the Past

    Episode 2

    Directed by Rosine Mbakam • 2011 • Belgium

    As the words of three Rwandan genocide survivors are delivered by white, affluent-looking Belgian women, director Rosine Mbakam asks us to reconsider whose lives and experiences are valued.

  • You Will Be My Ally

    Episode 3

    Directed by Rosine Mbakam • 2012 • Belgium
    Starring Bwanga Pilipili, Gaël Maleux, Isabelle Anciaux

    Detained by border agents on her way to Belgium, a woman from Gabon turns to a traditional ritual, which she hopes will release her from an arduous interrogation.