This first feature film from the Central African
Republic perceptively probes the power and tensions of globalization,
transcending the clichés of political accusations to
offer a potent grasp of the real implications of economic
internationalization. Disillusioned with Gabon’s post-colonial
rulers, the idealistic Gonaba, recently back from study in
France, decides to head deep into the forest hoping to directly
use formal education to help liberate the Pygmies from their
political persecution and social exclusion. However, it soon
becomes clear that the Pygmies do not feel the need to be
liberated, believing that so long as the spirit is free, so
is the man. In fact, they feel that the Big Man who has appeared
among them is the one in need of education. Propelled by a
Cameroonian Afro-beat soundtrack, amazing performances by
actual Pygmies—none of whom had seen a camera before
or knew anything about the film-making process. Offers a unique
insight into the realities and problems of progress. (93 mins.)
Print courtesy of Films Distribution.
Filmography: Bassek ba Kobhio—Sango Malo (91), Le Grand
Blanc de Lambaréné (94).
SHOWTIMES: 2/16, 6:15pm,
2/19, 6pm and 2/20, 6:30pm B2.