Cinéma Numérique Ambulant
Tignère gets to discover cinema

For two evenings, the Cinéma Numérique Ambulant [Mobile Digital Cinema] (CNA) enabled residents to learn from other people through the magic of the image.

Before retiring to the municipal inn where it took up residence, the CNA team of Cameroon had had a modest triumph on 23 June 2015. As usual! To the satisfaction of having finally completed this stepis added the pain of not having completely fulfilled its contract of being with the population to the end. Meanwhile, at the middle of the night, sleet persists in the sky following the invasion of the moon by large threatening clouds a few hours earlier. The second projection evening of the Tignère lap was moving to an end.

Second evening? Yes, due to the fact that the first projection scheduled on the 22 did not take place. This was due to a heavy downpour of rain on the city that night, accompanied by tornado and lightning which streaked the sky for hours, sending the team home, despite the fact that the projection equipment had already been installed. This ended up with an unfortunate consequence for Ange, Valérie and Stéphane of CNA who had to take the generator for repairsthe next day. As if that was not enough, the generator started with some difficulties the next evening. Stéphane, who does not easily give up, used his long experience with CNA, since its creation in 2012, to find the right formula and save them from another embarrassing evening like the previous one.

That night, with amazement and joy, the people from Tignère,especially children who had gathered outside the mobile screen with an eagerness that could only be matched by the desire for discovery, discovered the films programmed. Through a variety of projections; short and feature films, fiction and African documentaries, the people were gratified. This was interspersed with Valerie's presentation of each film, to clarify each unclear aspect and invite the audience to react at the end of the screening. It was not easy for this last operation considering the fact that the themes of the films often centred on local taboos: early marriage, female circumcision, polygamy, women’s revolt, etc. During the projection, however, voices, especially those of the younger ones, could be heard in ecstasy to indicate that they were moved, that they could anticipate what would happen next or predict the outcome of the plot. In doing so, these cinema enthusiasts of the day expressed satisfaction through sighs, cries of joy or fear related to the turn of events in the different scenarios.

These were therefore two evenings of communion which witnessed a respectable and honourable participation, where prominent public figures such as the Sub-Divisional Officer or other administrative officials turned out. Their presence was a show of support to the operation named “Cinéma pour tous” (Cinema for Al) which is within the framework of the C2D-Culture Program in partnership with the Ministry of Arts and Culture. As the president of CNA in Cameroon, Stephanie Dongmo, pointed out recently in the Mosaïques newspaper (No 051), it aims to "bring cinema to the people who do not usually have access to it". She added that: "This project, which waslaunched on 30 January in Yaoundé, consists of organizing a 100 film screening tour in four regions of Cameroon, namely the Central, Littoral, Adamawa and the Southwest". After Tignère therefore, the team headed towards Tibati, still in the Adamawa region.