Three Documentaries by Rosine Mbakam

Three Documentaries by Rosine Mbakam

3 Episodes

Among contemporary nonfiction cinema’s most vital voices, the Cameroonian-born, Belgium-based Rosine Mbakam makes intimate, exquisitely observed documentaries that reveal the oft-overlooked inner lives of West African women both at home and across the diaspora. Whether turning her camera on her own journey back to the village where she was raised (THE TWO FACES OF A BAMILÉKÉ WOMAN) or on others like her who have left Cameroon to start new lives in Europe (CHEZ JOLIE COIFFURE, DELPHINE’S PRAYERS), Mbakam honors the often difficult realities of the immigrant experience, the complexities of cross-cultural identity, and the power of solidarity among women.

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Three Documentaries by Rosine Mbakam
  • Chez Jolie Coiffure

    Episode 1

    Directed by Rosine Mbakam • 2018 • Belgium, Cameroon

    Rosine Mbakam’s cinematic chamber piece unfolds entirely within the bustling confines of Jolie Coiffure, a tiny hair salon in the Brussels district of Matonge that serves as a community hub for West African women. It’s there that Mbakam meets ...

  • The Two Faces of a Bamiléké Woman

    Episode 2

    Directed by Rosine Mbakam • 2018 • Belgium, Cameroon

    Rosine Mbakam left Cameroon at twenty-seven to live in Belgium. Seven years later—having studied film and married a European—she returns, accompanied by her son. Motivated by a desire to better understand her past and the place she grew up, Ro...

  • Delphine’s Prayers

    Episode 3

    Directed by Rosine Mbakam • 2021 • Belgium, Cameroon

    Delphine is quick-witted, engaging, passionate, and intense. Born and raised in Cameroon, she has survived a series of personal catastrophes. Her mother died in childbirth, and her father did little to care for his children. She was raped at t...