Jean-Pierre Bekolo

Jean-Pierre Bekolo

I am a film maker, writer and critic from Cameroon. In 2009 I published Africa for the Future – Sortir un Nouveau Monde du Cinéma. I have also taught at UNC Chapel Hill, Duke University, and the University of Yaoundé.

Since 2006, I have served as the Secretary General of the Guild of African Filmmakers, and am the founding member of the World Cinema Alliance. In 2015 he received the Prince Claus Award. Since the summer of 2015 I am a fellow of the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program.

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My debut film Quartier Mozart received the Prix Afrique en Création at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival. My second film, Aristotle's Plot, was commissioned by the British Film Institute to celebrate the 100th anniversary of cinema, and was the first African film selected at Sundance.

My 2005 released film Les Saignantes won the Silver Stallion and Best Actress Awards at FESPACO and my video installation An African Woman in Space was on display at the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris in 2008. Banned in Cameroon in 2013, Le President, a controversial film I created, questions the phenomenon of Africa's "perpetual governments". A 4-hour documentary Les Choses et Les Mots de Mudimbe that I created was part of the official selection of the 2015 Berlinale.