Head in the Clouds, June 25
Jean–Marie Teno in Person. Teno's newest film is a journey through history that brings to light the complex and problematic relationship between colonization and missionary activity on the African continent.
Jean–Marie Teno in Person. Cameroon's endemic kleptocracy makes for a cloudy economy in Teno's documentary. With Alex's Wedding, a wedding video that turns into an at first comic, increasingly powerful drama of polygamy and submission rituals.
At the Berkeley Art Museum Theater. Join our artist–in–residence for an informal conversation about his artistic process, designed with students in mind, but open to the public.
Jean–Marie Teno in Person. Searching out the "specter of modernity" that haunts his country, Teno discovers a Cameroon of Coke and pasta, and a development conference where no one agrees what the word "development" means.
Jean–Marie Teno in Person. An ex–computer programmer is forced to live a clandestine life, whether as a taxi driver in Cameroon or a refugee in Germany, in Teno's fiction work. "Very courageous....One hears the voice of Africa expressing itself."-Libération
Lecture by Jean–Marie Teno. A teen's near–lynching triggers Teno's investigation of the culture of thuggery-how it trickles down from dictators to husbands, "big chiefs" to little. "A brisk and focused look at a nation struggling uphill against corruption and archaic social norms."-Variety
Jean-Marie Teno in Person. In his native Cameroon, Teno looks at the power of words in a society made illiterate by a hundred years of cultural genocide. Never didactic, his style is "provocative, idiosyncratic, playfully arch and sardonic."-Philadelphia Inquirer