The Essay Film Festival presents the first UK retrospective of the work of Rosine Mbakam between 19 and 23 April 2022 at the Institute of Contemporary Art and the Birkbeck Cinema in London. The screenings of Prism and Two Faces of A Bamiléké Woman will be followed by conversations with Rosine Mbakam.
”Critiques of the racism in the film industry often pass over the camera itself as a complicit agent. Never neutral, visual technologies are clearly marked and shaped by ideological forces. Photography developed over the course of the nineteenth century, meaning the camera emerged during one of the peaks of Western colonialism and imperialism. Not only did photographic technologies coincide with these projects of domination, they facilitated the categorization and regulation of oppressed populations…The false premise of the objectivity of visual technologies is the starting point for Prism (2021), a collaborative documentary between Cameroonian Rosine Mbakam, Burkinabé Eléonore Yameogo, and Belgian An van. Dienderen. The film is stylistically variable, assembled from interview clips, behind the scenes footage, recorded Skype conversations, and a few more abstract and theatrical sequences. Prism was conceived as a “chain letter,” a visual relay between the filmmakers.”
To read the article On Prisms and Portraits: The Films of Rosine Mbakam by Yasmina Price, visit Screen Slate (NYC):