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Koundi and the National Thursday

Ariane Astrid Atodji
Germany, Cameroon, 2010
French, English


Les habitants de Koundi, un village du Cameroun, ont développé une organisation communautaire autour de l’exploitation d’une forêt. Chacun doit consacrer un peu de son temps au travail du bois et le village crée ainsi un dispensaire. La réalisatrice nous invite à suivre, sans commentaire, la vie de ce village et la décision collective de créer une cacaoyère.

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Cameroonian filmmaker Ariane Astrid Atodji invites us to spend a week in Koundi, a village nestled in the Equatorial forest. Keeping the camera at just the right distance, and picking up a sensual palette of sounds, she lets us in on the local conflicts and romance, day by day, bringing us to the heart of the action. This includes ‘National Thursday’, when every villager must offer a day’s work to the community. Yet the communal timber plantation is coming to an end. Koundi needs a new future, and that future is a cocoa plantation ...


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Ariane Astrid Atodji

Astrid Ariane Atodji est née en 1980 au Cameroun. Après une Licence en arts du théatre à l'Université de Yaoundé, Astrid Atodji a participé à des ateliers au Goethe Institut Kamerun et a fait l'école de cinéma LN International à Yaoundé. Elle a obtenu le Prix Spécial du Jury au Festival International de Dubaï pour son documentaire "Koundi et le Jeudi National" réalisé en 2010.

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