Mambar Pierrette

An original filmmaker of exquisite sensibility; one of the foremost filmmakers of creative nonfiction working right now.


Mambar Pierrette

Following the limited U.S. release of two of her documentaries —The Two Faces of a Bamiléké Woman, a portrait of her mother and repression by the French, and Chez jolie coiffure, which explores the African diaspora via a hair salon in Belgium, Mbakam’s dramatic debut offers insight into the daily lives of women in contemporary Cameroon, enlisting her cousin, Pierrette Aboheu Njeuthat, to play the titular character.

A succession of customers come to Mambar Pierrette, the neighborhood seamstress and reliable confidant, who has her own strife to deal with as a single mother barely making ends meet. As she readies clothes for upcoming social events and the commencement of the school year, heavy rain threatens to flood her workshop – one of many misfortunes in which she will have to find ways to stay afloat. Mbakam's instincts as a documentarian are put to good use in this unique character study that foregrounds common struggles and bonds among women in Africa, too often overlooked in mainstream cinema.
Not Rated
Drama, Women and Film
French, Bamileke, Cameroon Pidgin
Rosine Mbakam
Pierrette Aboheu Njeuthat

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