Nzhu Jimangemi - At Films

NZHU JIMANGEMI (The Gorilla's Wife)

40 min

Synopsis

A folk tale from the highlands of Lebialem, South West, Cameroon. The story concerns gorilla totems, love, & loss.


We found the story through the work of primatologist, anthropologist, and native of Lebialem, Dr. Ndeloh Denis Etiendem:

Traditional Knowledge Systems and the Conservation of Cross River Gorillas: a Case Study of Bechati, Fossimondi, Besali, Cameroon

The Power of Local Stories in Lebialem, Cameroon

Perceptions of Wildlife in the Bechati Forest Area, Lebialem, South West Province, Cameroon

Bechati, a remote village in the Lebialem Highlands, sits alongside the newly created Tofala Hill Wildlife Sanctuary

Bechati, a remote village in the Lebialem Highlands, sits alongside the newly created Tofala Hill Wildlife Sanctuary

Ketzune James, Bertrand Shancho, & Tatang Bamba follow our huge cast to the next shooting location.

Ketzune James, Bertrand Shancho, & Tatang Bamba follow our huge cast to the next shooting location.

Bertrand waits and Bamba pleads with his students during a raincheck. Heavy rains constantly interrupted our shooting.

Bertrand waits and Bamba pleads with his students during a raincheck. Heavy rains constantly interrupted our shooting.

Starring:

Part I

Ndah Lydwine as Nangi

Tayi Nicholas Akwanga as Atabong

Nkemtazem Squiky as Asong

Taku Epafitha & Fotalewungtah Nix Manyoh as Nanji's friends

Kedju Zaphania Markeng as Nkeng

Lih Job as the storyteller

Fotao Michael Mbo Standley Kendo as the boys at the stream

& the GSS Bechati Secondary School Drama Club led by Mr. Tatang Banda


Part II

Nong Jacob as Asong [contact] +237 7639 4008

Fonkem Clemantine Nanji as Nanji +237 70546663

Fonkem Johnson Ajeck as Atabong +237 70 797533

Ketunze Sidney Ako as the Jujuman +237 70 317984

Forchu Blesious & Forchu Johanness as Asong's friends

Fonkem Martin, Chama Malon, Fonkem Mateyoh, & Fonkem Mayeta as Nanji's children


Story told in Nyeh-mundani

Subtitles by: Mr. Ketunze James +237 78800712

Filmed in Bechati, Lebialem Division, South West Province, Cameroon

Folk filmmaking facilitated by At Films.

Script inspired by the ethnographic work of Dr. Denis Ndeloh Etiendem

Adapted by Immaculate Kelighai Mkong & Noal Zainab Amir

Cinematography & Editing: Adam Pérou Hermans & Ndimuh Bertrand Shancho

Produced in collaboration with the Environment & Rural Development Foundation

Buea, Cameroon

Made with the generous support of a Flagship Species Fund grant from Fauna & Flora International.

This film is part of the Gorilla Folk Films From the Cross River Headwaters Series.


Bechati is remote. It requires a half-day motorbike ride through spectacular scenery. The ride is not without its perils. Bertrand's laptop was smashed during this ride.

Bechati is remote. It requires a half-day motorbike ride through spectacular scenery. The ride is not without its perils. Bertrand's laptop was smashed during this ride.

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