NZHU JIMANGEMI (The Gorilla's Wife)
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:
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
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
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.