Jean-Pierre Bekolo Nous Les Noirs

Quibdó’s Esplanade, Still Taken from “Nous Les Noirs” – Jean-Pierre Bekolo (2020)
Quibdó’s Esplanade, Still Taken from Nous Les Noirs – Jean-Pierre Bekolo (2020) | © Jean-Pierre Bekolo

What happens when a filmmaker from Cameroon journeys to Colombia to explore the entanglements of Africa and Latin America? Who is the self, who is the other? Jean‑Pierre Bekolo presents an extended trailer of his new film “Nous Les Noirs”. 

“So suddenly, we can't call it ethnology, you know? And at the same time, we are in a dynamic where in seeking for the other, we are basically seeking ourselves. Trying to understand what it is that they have become here. We are basically seeking our own selves. So when we go to the market, we look for that which looks like Africa and that, which is different. So, it was a bit of an approach that it is, well, unique.”
– Jean-Pierre Bekolo 

Looking like Africa, Feeling African 

“For me if there was no African music, my life would have no meaning. Neither would I, without Africa. I am really joyous and proud to feel and be African. It truly is the best in the world, Africa. And my African siblings.”
– Participant in the filming process, Palenque de San Basilio, Colombia
 

Aquí nuestra historia, aquí nuestros cuerpos
Aquí nuestra historia, aquí nuestros cuerpos
No necesitamos de tu aprobación
– La Pacifican Power, De Mar a Mar (2019)


Here is our history, here are our bodies
Here is our history, here are our bodies
We don’t need your approval
– La Pacifican Power, De Mar a Mar (2019)