MUNA MOTO (1975) (Cameroon: 1975)

Director: Jean-Pierre Dikongué Pipa

Written by: Jean-Pierre Dikongué Pipa

Cast:
Philippe Abia
Arlette Din Beli
Gisèle Dikongue-Pipa

Summary:
“Ngando and Ndomé; are in love. Ngando wishes to marry Ndomé; but her family reminds him that the traditional dowry must be settled. Unfortunately, Ngando is poor and unable to fulfill the tradition. Ndomé; is pregnant and bears his child. According to the village tradition, she must take a husband, at least one who can afford to pay the dowry. The villagers decide that Ndomé; should marry Ngando’s uncle, who has already three sterile wives. In despair, the young man kidnaps his daughter upon the day of the traditional feast. An African Romeo and Juliet story.” – Written by marfilmes

Awards:
First prize (Étalon de Yennenga) and First Prize International Catholic Organization of Cinema at FESPACO – Panafrican Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (1976)
First Prize Festival International du Film de l’Ensemble Francophone, Switzerland (1975)
Silver Tanit at Journées cinématographiques de Carthage, Tunis (1976)
George Sadoul Prize, France (1975)

Academic articles:
B’berí, Boulou E. de. “Intermedial Location of Meaning in Muna Moto: A Metalanguage of Cultural Discourse”. Cinema and Social Discourse in Cameroon. ed. Alexie Tcheuyap. Bayreuth African Studies, 2005. 63-80.

“Recent Perspectives on Sub-Saharan African Filmmaking: Third World Filmmaking and the West by Roy Armes; The Cinema in Nigeria by Françoise Balogun; Le Cinema Africain De A à Z by Ferid Boughedir; Regards sur le Cinema Negro-Africain by Andre Gardies; Pierre Haffner; Twenty-Five Black African Filmmakers by Françoise Pfaff; The Cinema of Apartheid by Keyan Tomaselli.” Review by: Nancy J. Schmidt. Africa Today, 36.2 (1989). 17-22.