The 11th Göttingen International Ethnographic Film Festival kicks off today featuring documentary cinema from across the globe. The festival aims at promoting an international co-operation in visual anthropology and documentary filmmaking; thus has a special emphasis on new films, videos or interactive media dealing with socio-cultural processes, especially those coming from anthropology, sociology, folklore and neighbouring disciplines.
On this years program is " The Nightmare of a believe " by Samuel Loe, a Cameroonian based in Germany. Samuel was born and brought up in Cameroon where he discovered his passion for film making pretty early. After graduating from Centre éducativ de Bastos, Yaounde he moved to Germany to study film and media production. Samuel did a Bachelor's and Masters degree program in Film and Media Production at the Ostwestfalen-Lippe, University of Applied Sciences. As a student he worked on several projects, especially with the Cameroonian diaspora.
Samuel Loe and his production team at Challenge Camerounais Darmstadt 2010 (Germany), Cameroon's most populous diaspora event.
" The Nightmare of a believe " is based on a true life story, which tells his personal experiences with witchcraft in Cameroon. In his own words: My childhood nightmare. His life as a child was marked by witchcraft believes and practices. After five years of studies as a student of film production, he returned to Cameroon, this time not to visit his family but to unveil the mysteries and secrets of witchcraft in the deep forest of Mbangui Chari in a attempt to understand this world of fear, darkness, anxieties, sorrows, confusion, illusions, grief, wickedness, magic, doom; the world of witchcraft!