Last month we witnessed something magical within the Cameroonian community. The coming together and the oneness in support of one of our own is to be commended.
The world premiere of Woman was held triumphantly early last month at the Odeon Cinema in Greenwich, London scratching its name in history as the first ever-Cameroonian film to be released in a UK cinema.
Woman is a lighthearted and easy-going storyline, which takes on the deep societal issue of adultery and betrayal in the marital home.
The film also celebrates love and friendship, the finding of self (by Dr Manga and wife Dr. Angoh Lobe), career success, humour and light comedy as well as brilliantly promotes tourism of the South West Region through its magnificent captures, its concise and precise scenic shots.
It is a film, which also uses known film techniques to narrate and bring to light the emotions of the characters. Their state of mind, their thoughts, so as to draw the viewers closer to the characters in order to incite in the viewers emotions of compassion, betrayal, loyalty and personal attachment.
An example of such technique is in the last scene of the film where Dr Manga is seen taking a reflective walk alone in the big park. The focus of the camera in the scene starts from being fuzzy and blurred to going very clear and focused. This alerts the viewers of the wandering, disturbed and lonely state of mind of the character as well as subtly informs them that probably a clear decision has been made by the Dr, which they will probably find out in the next sequence of the film.
Woman is directed by the renowned film and documentary maker Florence Nkeng, edited by the creative Mbeng Ngassa and produced by The Goretti Experience.
The film was mainly shot in Buea and Limbe with some scenes too in Kribi. The main characters are:
Dr. Manga Lobe – Joe-Richard Pook
Mrs Angoh Lobe – Goretti
Leke Asong – Epule Jeffrey
Mbolle – Ruth Nkweti
“March 4th remains a night that I will never forget for as long as I live. The support I got from the UK Cameroonian community will stay with me for ever. Seeing your dream come true in bright lights and colour is truly validation to me that this is the path I was destined for.” Stated Goretti.
Some images from the premiere below…
For those in the US, Woman the movie comes to you on the south side on July 16th 2016 in Houston, Texas. All information below, don’t miss this!
Images: part credited to Hilda Ngelo & Sergeo London
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