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A Trip to the Country - Vacances au pays

Jean-Marie TenoCameroon – 1999 – More information on this movie

CHF 15.00 / EUR 13.00

A Trip to the Country questions, sometimes ironically, the notion of development associated in Africa with a «tropical modernity» which can be summarised as follows: Everything from Europe is modern, while all things local are archaic and must be discarded.

After the ravages of slavery and colonialism, the African continent now faces another threat: educational systems which perpetuate inferiority complexes and dependence vis-à-vis the West. This self-destructive mentality also establishes a social hierarchy placing «modern» city dwellers above «backward» rural people.

I decided to retrace the trip I took annually as a child during the school holidays from Yaounde, the big city, to Bandjoun, my village. A Trip to the Country. Along the way, I attempt to understand the hopes, regrets and frustrations of the people I encounter. When possible, I also try to serve as a bridge between city dwellers and villagers.

A Trip to the Country is a personal reflection on our obsession with modernity, our desire to conform to a certain model of «development». Why do we turn our backs on the possibility of real progress, remaining instead dependent on so-called «aid»? As those who have always profited continue to benefit from this situation, the majority of our populations still live in misery. Is this development?. (JM Teno)

DVD – EZEF
Language OV French/Bamileke Subtitles english, deutsch, français
Length 75 min. Screen format 4/3 NTSC, color Sound Dolby Stereo 2.0 FSK 16+ Region code All regions
Bonus Booklet (german)

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