Country:Kamerun 1999
Format:16 mm
Language:OF m. engl. UT
Length:61 Minutes
Film series:Jenseits von Europa VI

Director :Teno, Jean-Marie
Screenplay:Teno, Jean-Marie
Editing:Badgley, Christiane
Music:Wassy, Brice
Cast:Beti, Mongo
 Njawe, Pius
 Ongbatik Njawé, Jeanne
Production company:Les Films du Raphia


A documentary chronicle of the trials and tribulations of daily life under a dictatorship.
"During the month of December, 1997, I witnessed several troubling events in Cameroon: In my village a young boy was nearly lynched by a mob-people`s justice in a lawless state. I went to a wedding and learned that, by law, the husband is the ruler of the family. A highly respected journalist was imprisoned without a trial for writing an article about the health of the president.
Initially these incidents seemed unrelated. But as I tried to understand them, to see them in the context of a number of disturbing tendencies in Cameroon today, I saw they were all linked to the generalized problem of the abuse of power in an authoritarian society.
CHIEF! brings these seemingly discrete events together in a personal reflection of the current state of Cameroonian society with its hierarchies, inequalities and lack of respect for human rights-all the by-products of a dictatorship.
" (Jean-Marie Teno)
Further Note: Africultures