Fragments de Vies (1999) (Cameroon: 1999)

fragments de vie

Director: François Woukoache
Writing Credits: François Woukoache (Screen Play)
Executive Producer: François Woukoache
Producer: Patrice Bauduinet

Cast:

Jean Bediebe
Hélène Beleck
Jérome Bolo
Deneuve Djobong
Thilombo Lubambu
Therese Ngo Ngambi

Synopsis: The film follows three stories that take place in the slums of a city in French Equatorial Africa. At nightfall, people seem to regain a vitality which explodes in the bars to the rhythm of the latest hits from the music charts. The first part tells the story of Petit-Jean, a young graduate, who is unemployed and roams the city in search of work. From humiliations to frustrations, the destiny of this young ordinary African changes dramatically. The second part follows a young girl who transforms herself into an angel of death in order to free herself from a traumatic past. The final section is of an encounter between a woman and a man who seem ordinary at first, but a past which the woman had thought had forever disappeared, resurfaces in this man. (Taken From Africanfilmny.org)

Articles and Reviews:

Jonathan Crow, Fragments de Vies All Movie Guide Review. Artist Direct (Movie Review Website)

Academic Articles:

“Fragments of Life” by David Stratton. Variety, Vol. 378, No. 6, (MARCH 2000), pp. 30

Cinema and Social Discourse in Cameroon by Alexie Tcheuyap. Africa Today, Vol. 52, No. 2, (WINTER 2005), pp. 97-100