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Title Le silence de la forêt / une production les films terre africaine ; Bassek ba Kobhio présente ; scénario, Didier Ouénangaré, Bassek ba Kobhio ; adaptation et dialogues, Marcel Beaulieu, Bassek ba Kobhio, d'après le roman de Etienne Goyémidé ; produit par Bassek ba Kobhio ; un film de Didier Ouénangaré et Bassek ba Kobhio
Published San Francisco, CA : California Newsreel, 2003


Description 1 online resource (90 min.)
Summary Le silence de la forêt is a film about the difficulty for even the most well-intentioned person to know and respect another culture. In this case, the problem is so acute that there is even heated debate over what to call that 'other'. The subtitles in the film use the familiar word 'pygmies', a relatively pejorative European term; the Bantu or villagers' expression for the same group, Babingas, carries similar negative connotations. These highly specialized, tropical rainforest hunter-gatherers should perhaps be called by their own ethnonym, Aka, MoAka (sing.) and BaAka (pl.) 'Pygmies' were first introduced to a wide Western reading public through the now controversial, romanticized account of Colin Turnbull, The Forest People (1961). This film is based on the similarly sentimental novel Le silence de la forêt by Etienne Goyemide. The film stars Eriq Ebouaney, well-known from playing Lumumba in the film of the same name, and is scored by Manu Dibango, the Cameroonian music legend. The fact that this film is the first to focus on the exploitation and racism between more modern Africans and an autochthonous people, so ironically reminiscent of the attitudes of European colonists towards Africans, makes it even more unusual and fascinating. The film's hero Gonaba, unlike many Africans educated in Europe, decides to return to his homeland of the Central African Republic, full of ideals for fulfilling the promises of independence
Notes Title from resource description page (viewed December 01, 2017)
Credits Director of photography, Pierre-Olivier Larrieu ; editor, Joseph Licide ; music, Manu Dibango
Cast Eric Ebouaney, Sonia Zembourou, Philippe Maury, Nadège Beausson-Diagne [and others]
Notes In Diaka, French and Sango; subtitles in English
Nominated 2003 Cannes Film Festival, AFCAE Award, Bassek Ba Kobhio Didier Ouenangare
Subject Babinga (African people) -- Central African Republic -- Drama
Babinga (African people)
Central African Republic -- Drama
Central African Republic.
Genre/Form Drama.
Feature films.
Fiction films.
Fiction films.
Feature films.
Form Streaming video
Author Ouénangaré, Didier, director, screenwriter
Bassek Ba Kobhio, 1957- director, producer.
California Newsreel (Firm), distributor.
Films Terre Africaine, production company.
Other Titles Forest