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Mambar Pierrette

Mambar Pierrette

Rosine Mbakam
Belgium, Cameroon
2023
93 min
Dutch Premiere
Signed, Focus: Fabrications
Synopsis

The start of the new school year means a busy time for dressmaker Mambar Pierette. From dawn till dusk, she sews school uniforms in her wooden hut in a slum in the Cameroonian city of Douala. But she always makes time to listen to the concerns of local residents and friends who drop by.

Not that she doesn’t have any worries of her own. As a mother of three with a husband who refuses to contribute to the household, she never has enough money. Nevertheless, her customers are always haggling over the price, and it costs a fortune to have her ancient sewing machine repaired. But these are minor inconveniences compared to the misfortune that befalls her.

Strictly speaking, Mambar Pierrette is a feature film. But director Rosine Mbakam, who has a background as a documentary maker, films Pierrette’s daily life as if it is really happening to her. The fact that most of the actors are not professionals and are playing themselves strengthens the feeling of authenticity. This drama is real.

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Credits
93 min
color
DCP
Spoken languages: French
Director
    Rosine Mbakam
    Rosine Mbakam
Production
    Geoffroy Cernaix,
    Rosine Mbakam
    Geoffroy Cernaix,
    Rosine Mbakam
Co-production
    Tanguy Dekeyser,
    Aimé Césaire Dimenkeu Nkue,
    Marjorie Vella
    Tanguy Dekeyser,
    Aimé Césaire Dimenkeu Nkue,
    Marjorie Vella
Cinematography
    Fiona Braillon
    Fiona Braillon
Editing
    Geoffroy Cernaix
    Geoffroy Cernaix
Sound
    Aline Gavroy,
    Roger Mboupda,
    Loïc Villiot
    Aline Gavroy,
    Roger Mboupda,
    Loïc Villiot
Screenplay
    Rosine Mbakam
    Rosine Mbakam
World Sales
    The Party Film Sales
    The Party Film Sales
Screening copy
    The Party Film Sales
    The Party Film Sales

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