Badiaga (Cameroon: 1984)

Director

Jean-Pierre Dikongué Pipa

Cast list

Justine Sengue
Alexandre Zanga

Credits

Writing Credits: Jean-Pierre Dikongué Pipa

Synopsis

Badiaga follows the rules of a classical tragedy: A three year old girl is abandoned on a food market and is sheltered and raised by a deaf and dumb vagrant. They develop a very strong bond. Badiaga daydreams about becoming a famous singer, and listens in total fascination to the artists who sing in the different cafes where she wanders. One day she has the chance of singing on the radio a song which becomes a national hit. From that moment onwards, she holds a nonstop succession of concerts. In love with her career, she refuses any romantic relations and searches desperately for her origins. This story was inspired by the life of Beti-Beti, a legendary Cameroon singer.

Reviews

Reviews:
Christian Tchapmi. Cameroun: Cinéma - Le Goethe Institut accueille Badiaga, All Africa

Academic Articles:
Aubry, Roger. “Le Cinéma au Cameroun.” African Arts, Vol. 2, No. 3 (Spring, 1969), pp. 66-69
“Le cri de Dikongue Pipa.” allAfrica (Article reposted from Al Bawaba). www.allafrica.com 5
Jul 2010.

Production: Cameroun Spectacles

Awards:
Tanit d’Or at Carthage Film Festival (1987)