Albert Schweitzer, The "Great White" of Lambarene / Le Grand Blanc de Lambarèné


Director: Bassek Ba Kohbio
Country: Cameroon and France
Year: 1994
Running Time: 90 min.
Language: French

This film is an African’s view of a man who made his mark on world history, particularly on African history: “African’s perceive whites as being theatrical, complacent, affected, ruled by time in their everyday lives and by death in the future! I wanted to produce a fragmented film, because time initially rules by constraint, by rape, then as Africa progressively gains the upper hand, Africa progressively feigns the upper hand, African life takes over,” says Bassek Ba Kobhio. Young Koumba grows up listening to Dr. Albert Schweitzer’s organ music, and is inspired to become a doctor like the “great white.”

About the Director

Bassek Ba Kobhio

BA-KOBHIO_BassekBiography: Bassek Ba Kobhio was born in 1957 in Nindje, Cameroon. Originally he wanted to become an author, and in 1976 he won a prize for a short story he had written. He earned degrees in both sociology and philosophy. While he was pursuing his studies, he started to work as an assistant film director and literary critic for the film department of the Ministry of Information and Culture. He was also the assistant to Claire Denis on Chocolat (1987). He made his first documentary in 1988 (FESTAC 88) and his first feature film, Sango Malo, in 1991. The same year, he founded Films Terre Africaine, a Cameroon-based production company. In 1995 he launched Ecrans Noirs (Black Screens), an itinerant film festival that circulates in Cameroon, Gabon, and the Central African Republic. He is also the author of several novels.

– AFF, Inc.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Sango Malo (1995);
Le Grand blanc de Lambaréné [The Great White of Lambarene] (1996).

FESTAC 88 (1988);
Sango Malo (1991);
Birth of Democracy (1991);
Le Grand blanc de Lambaréné [The Great White of Lambarene] (1994);
La Poule aux œufs d’or (1995);
Les Femmes et le Secret (1995);
La Reine blanche (1996);
Music Goes War (1997);
Les Voyeurs professionnels (1999);
Le Silence de la forêt (2003);
Le Meilleur et le Pire (2004).