The Forgotten Man

Director: Osvalde Lewat-Hallade
Country: Cameroon
Year: 2004
Running Time: 58 min
Language: French

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Sentenced to prison for three years for a minor offense, Léppé was optimistic he would be released early for good behavior. 33 years later, Léppé is still rotting away in prison and learns his prestigious family gave up long ago trying to secure his release.

About the Director

Osvalde Lewat

OSVALDE LEWATBiography: Osvalde Lewat is an award-winning filmmaker who began making documentaries after several years as a journalist. She produced her first documentary, Upsa Yimoowin (The Pipe of Hope) in Toronto in 2000. That film denounces the sidelining of Native Americans. With Au-delà de la peine, Lewat tells the story of a prisoner who, after being sentenced to four years in jail for a minor offense, is imprisoned for thirty-three years. In her 2009 film, Black Business, Lewat addresses the question posed by Nigerian Nobel Laureate author Wole Soyinka: “They say Africans are not ready for democracy. So I wonder: have they ever been ready for dictatorship?” Lewat studied at Sciences Po in Paris.

(Sources:
http://bcrw.barnard.edu/event/a-love-during-the-war/
Through African Eyes – Conversations with the Directors – Volume 2, BONETTI Mahen and SEAG Morgan (Editors), 2010, African Film Festival, Inc. and Printinfo JV LLC, Yerevan, Armenia, p.120)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
The Forgotten Man [Au-delà de la peine] (2007);
A Love during the War (2007);
Black Business [Une affaire de nègres] (2008);
Sderot, Last Exit (2012);
Land Rush (2013 – Hugo Berkeley, Osvalde Lewat).

Filmography:
Upsa Yimoowin [The Pipe of Hope] (2000);
Itilga [The Destinies] (2001 – Osvalde Lewat, Cyrille Masso);
140, rue du Bac (2001);
The Forgotten Man [Au-delà de la peine] (2003);
A Love during the War (2005);
Les Disparus de Douala (2006);
Black Business [Une affaire de nègres] (2007);
Sderot, Last Exit (2011);
Land Rush (2012 – Hugo Berkeley, Osvalde Lewat).