• Chez Jolie Coiffure

  • Chez Jolie Coiffure

  • DiAna’s Hair Ego REMIX

Chez Jolie Coiffure


  • Cornelius Moore is the codirector of the film distribution and production organization California Newsreel and a curator focusing on films from the black world.

  • Ellen Spiro is an Emmy-award winning filmmaker whose work champions mavericks and renegades with wit, inventiveness, and emotional depth.

Hair can be many things to many people, but in Rosine Mbakam’s elegant, warmhearted documentary it makes up the strands that tie the West African customers and staff of one small Brussels hair salon to one another and to their homeland. The store’s and the film’s heart is salon owner Sabine, a Cameroonian immigrant, surrogate mother and sister, community protector, lioness and confidant, weaving a safe space out of every trim and braid. “A must-see! Highly revealing, an atypical and timely portrait of the intersection between the immigrant experience and female identity” (Indiewire).

Jason Sanders
  • Rosine Mbakam
  • French
  • Pidgin
  • with English subtitles
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  • Color
  • DCP
  • 71 mins
  • African Film Festival National Traveling Series
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DiAna’s Hair Ego REMIX

Ellen Spiro, Cheryl Dunye, US, 2017

Thirty years after DiAna began offering innovative safe sex education in her hair salon, the AIDS crisis still rages in the deep South. 

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  • Color
  • Digital
  • 8 mins
  • Ellen Spiro
  • Cheryl Dunye