Clando (1996) (Cameroon: 1996)



Director: Jean-Marie Teno

Producers: Dagmar Benke & Jean-Marie Teno


Paulin Fodouop  – Anatole Sobgul

Henriette Fenda – Madaleine Sobgul

Caroline Redl – Irene

Guillaume Nana – Tchobe

Joseph Momo – Chamba Rigobert

Raphael de Chedjou

Avs Bodule Moukilo

Synopsis: Proud and determined, the hunter set out, leaving behind his village ravaged by a terrible drought. All the villagers came out to wish him well, and everyone gave what he could: an egg, a handful of peanuts or a few kola nuts… As in the folktale, Sobgui, a former computer programmer who now drives a “clando” cab in Douala, flees to Europe to escape a life in Cameroon which has become unbearable. In Cologne (Germany), Sobgui joins a community of African emigrants. Most are hard-working and ambitious people. Sobgui begins a love affair with Madeleine, a German political activist who encourages Sobgui and his friends to return home and fight for change.

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