Africa, I Will Fleece You / Afrique, Je Te Plumerai

 Jean-Marie Teno
Country: Cameroon
Year: 1992
Running Time: 88 min.
Language: French

Jean-Marie Teno shuffles genres to draw a complex cinematic picture of post-colonial Africa. The film is an odd pastiche of nostalgia (young Teno falls in love with the movies by watching Indian melodramas), documentary (a bit of Faux candid camera), historical footage, polemic essay, even a hilarious, yet politically searing cabaret act! Teno weaves a melancholy visual poem in which the colonizer and the formerly colonized are equally confronted. In doing so, he also creates a new form of African film, effortlessly combining document, fiction, and the expression of an original voice.

About the Director

Jean-Marie Teno

jean marie tenoBiography: 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 twenty years. Films by Jean-Marie Teno have been honored at festivals worldwide: Berlin, Toronto, Yamagata, Cinema du Reel, Visions du Reel, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Liepzig, San Francisco, London. 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.


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Yellow Fever Taximan (1993, 1998);
Afrique, je te plumerai / Africa, I Will Pluck You Clean (1993, 1998);
Head in the clouds (1997, 1998);
Clando (1997, 1998);
Mister Foot (1998);
A Trip to the Country (2000);
Alex’s Wedding (2004, 2011);
Le Malentendu colonial (2005, 2006, 2007);
Sacred Places (2009);
Chief! (2006).

Hommage (1985);
Yellow Fever Taximan (1985);
La gifle et la caresse (1987);
Bikutsi Water Blues (1988);
The Last Trip (1990);
Mister Foot (1992);
Afrique, je te plumerai /Africa, I Will Pluck You Clean (1992);
Head in the clouds (1994);
Clando (1996);
Chief! (1999);
A Trip to the Country (2000);
Alex’s Wedding (2002);
Le Malentendu colonial (2004);
Sacred Places (2009).