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Le silence de la forêt

Author: Didier Ouénangaré; Bassek Ba Kobhio; California Newsreel (Firm),; Films Terre Africaine,
Publisher: San Francisco, CA : California Newsreel, 2003.
Edition/Format:   eVideo : Clipart/images/graphics : Bantu [Other]View all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction films
Feature films
Drama
Material Type: Clipart/images/graphics, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Didier Ouénangaré; Bassek Ba Kobhio; California Newsreel (Firm),; Films Terre Africaine,
OCLC Number: 1022763290
Language Note: In Diaka, French and Sango; subtitles in English.
Notes: Title from resource description page (viewed December 01, 2017).
Awards: Nominated 2003 Cannes Film Festival, AFCAE Award, Bassek Ba Kobhio Didier Ouenangare
Description: 1 online resource (90 minutes)
Other Titles: Forest
Responsibility: 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.

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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.

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