The Sultan’s Burden

Filmmaker:  Lisbet Holtedahl & Jon Jerstad

Year of production: 1992
Location: Cameroon
Duration: 55 minutes.
Sound: mono
Language: Fulfulde, French, English
English and French Subtitles

Sultan ISSA MAIGARI of the Adamaoua Province, Northern Cameroon, is the traditional political and religious leader experiencing a violent transformation of the political structures in his country. He struggles to survive as a leader through the first democratic elections in Cameroon. How is he to keep the confidence of his court, of the local population and how is he to satisfy the president and the central authorities? His servants, his praise-singers, his wives, his concubines are all trying out solutions for him, but not necessarily successful ones.

Copyright: 1992 Lisbet Holtedahl and Jon Jerstad, University of Tromsø 

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