Awoudou ways of seeing

Filmmaker: Amandine Tezore

Year of production: 2020
Location: Far North Region, Cameroon
Duration:  37 minutes
Sound: mono
Language: Fulfulde, Moundang, French
Subtitles: English

Boko Haram forced several people to flee their natal village as the assailants decimated several communities along the Cameroon and Nigeria borders. Among the victims, Awoudou’s entire family was killed during an attack in Kolofata in 2016. He escaped from death because he had travail to buy stockfish for his business. Consequently, that night, Boko Haram seized his pride, family, financial autonomy and few weeks later he lost his sight. Awoudou ways of seeing is a film on his daily life in an Internally Displaced Person (IDP) camp of Zamai, Mayo Tsanaga Division, Cameroon. The film reveals how he struggles to start back a living despite the various dilemmas he encounters daily. His fight for survival goes beyond his solitude and handicap. As he develops new relationships that connect him to the host population creating a sense of happiness and support. Unfortunately, belonging to a different ethnic and religious group within the camp does not ease his acceptance from other IDPs.

Copyright: 2020  Visual Cultural Studies, University of Tromsø

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