WINDHOEK - AfricAvenir, an African movie screening company, left many audiences craving for more films when they launch a documentary titeld, Cameroon -Autopsy of an Independence, at the Goethe Centre on Satueday.
AfricAvenir has been screening African films in the capital for seven years on a monthly film series called “African Perspectives”. The aim is to promote an African Renaissance and cultural exchange with a Pan-African approach.
Film series includes African content as well as films from the Diaspora. “We have screen Namibian content in the past. And we are doing so in the future. Currently AfricAvenir is curetting a Namibian short film focus for the Swedish film festival CinemAfrica, to take place in March 2013 in Sweden,” says Hans-Christian Mahnke, the promoter of the films. He adds that, AfricAvenir is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) originating form Cameroon. Cameroonian history is part and parcel of the nature and spirit of AfricAvenir as a PanAfrican organisation. It has its presence in Namibia due to the common colonial history of the two countries having both experienced German colonialism.
The film itself is very crucial since it highlights the achievements and the struggle by Ruben Um Ndjobe, who let the struggle for independence in Cameroon, but was assassinated by French government forces. In the film, the last French Governor, who later became Prime Minister of France, Monsieur Messner, acknowledges the assassination of Um Njobe and the usage of Napalm in the Cameroonian forests in order to fight the liberation fighters. “To often, we merely name-dope names like Patrice Lumuba and Thomas Sankara, but forget what they actually were fighting for, a true and real independence from the former colonial powers in regards to economic treaties. Ruben Um Njobe, like Amilcar Cabral, Thomas Sankara, and Patrice Lumumba, has to be honoured and commemorate for his tireless effort to liberate Africa,” explains Mahnke.
The 54 - minute long historical documentary is a groundbreaking milestone in the rehabilitation of one of the most brutal episode of French colonial history, the secrete war against the independence movement and partly, the Union of the People Cameroon (UPC).
These secrete war cost the lives of ten percent of the Cameroon population.