The Bamileke people are a group native to Cameroon, who have maintained a distinct set of traditions and beliefs. Having spent years in Belgium, Rosine Mbakam returns to Cameroon with her camera to reconnect with her roots as a Bamileke person. Deeply personal and resoundingly poetic, The Two Faces of a Bamileke Woman traces Mbakam’s journey to understand her mother and the community that raised her. Who are the Bamileke people? What is their history? What does everyday life look like? The result is a thought-provoking film that lifts this community into the spotlight. In probing her ethnic roots, Mbakam comes closer to understanding herself and a complex national history. Gorgeously observational and sharply introspective, The Two Faces of a Bamileke Woman presents an indelible portrait of the Bamileke people and a universal narrative of a person’s journey home.
Rosine Mfetgo Mbakam (director) to join for post-screening Q&A via Skype.