‘Cinema Calebasse’, is a 50 year-old genre of cinema depicting Africa from the perspective of foreigners fixated on the
‘exotic,’ with plots and characters shackled by clichés. The calabash (gourd) is the metaphoric reduction of diverse African cultures that came to represent this genre, a genre that depicts both embodied practices and the power of dominant ideology in media, a genre that – historically speaking – has contribute to the oppression of the continent. Yet, the problem is not the calabash itself, or even the media per se; the problem is how to adapt this genre of cinema to present-day reality, how to reclaim the history of images from a perspective that fosters dreams for the future. Lamokowang is a meditation on history, imagination and potential, a refreshed and reified Calabash full of questions,reflections and dreams.
The calabash is used as a metaphor for Africa and its representation of the cinema. The rhythm meddles into it
to pose questions to yesterday’s cinema and emphatically addresses tomorrow’s: will the digital age be another
dream or will it turn into a nightmare? With the Watmon Cultural Group, a new path for young African
cinema, a mixture of fiction and documentary, is being opened up.
Written, Directed and Edited by Petna Ndaliko
Director of Photography: Petna Ndaliko
Sound: Antoine Tawite, Bukuku Adul Salim
Music: Lokua Kanza, Watmon Cultural Group
Produced by Centre d’Etude et de Production Vidéographique.
Co-production by French embassy in Uganda
Best Short Film – Zanzibar International Film Festival (Zanzibar)
Special Jury Award – Festel (Cameroon)
Official Selection – Amiens (France)