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Title Sango malo / les Films Terre Africaine présentent ; adaptation et dialogues de Bassek Ba Kobhio ; un film de Bassek Ba Kobhio
Published San Francisco, CA : California Newsreel, 1991


Description 1 online resource (95 min.)
Summary Sango Malo offers American viewers an intimate and engaging portrait of the complex social dynamic underlying economic and political change in a typical African village. It argues passionately that a populist education must be a key component of any democratic, human-centered development paradigm for Africa. Bassek ba Kobhio explains why his first feature focuses on education: "It is education which can form a new people ... It is hard to think about changing African society without envisioning an appropriate form of education." Sango Malo contrasts two views of education. The traditional headmaster represents a rigid, "Eurocentric." curriculum designed to produce docile colonial administrators. Malo, the radical young teacher, emphasizes the practical skills needed to build a self-reliant rural community. The film illustrates Brazilian educator Paolo Freire's celebrated distinction between an education which the ruling class uses to inculcate its values in students' minds and one which empowers students to shape their own destiny. Malo's innovative ideas soon spread to the rest of the village. With his help, the peasants establish a cooperative store and a cocoa marketing cooperative which undercut the power of the village chief, store owner and priest. When Malo alienates the villagers by demanding too rapid change, his enemies call in the army which arrests and imprisons him. But Malo has taught his lessons so well the villagers can carry on his reforms without him. In the last, open-ended shot, the camera discretely pulls back as the peasants celebrate a future they themselves will make. The narrative thrust, the responsibility for development, no longer lies with the village elite, nor the progressive schoolmaster, nor even the socially-engaged filmmaker, but has passed to the peasants themselves and to the African audiences viewing the film
Notes Title from resource description page (viewed December 01, 2017)
Based on the novel of the same name by Bassek Bo Kobhio
Credits Director of photography, Joseph Guerin ; edtior, Marie Jeanne Kanzala ; music, Francis Beby
Notes In French with English subtitles
Subject Teachers -- Cameroon -- Drama
Rural schools -- Cameroon -- Drama
Villages -- Cameroon -- Drama
Rural schools.
Genre/Form Drama.
Feature films.
Fiction films.
Feature films.
Fiction films.
Films de fiction.
Form Streaming video
Author Bassek Ba Kobhio, 1957- director, screenwriter.
California Newsreel (Firm), distributor.
Films Terre Africaine, production company.
Other Titles Maître du canton
Village teacher