Black Business

Director: Osvalde Lewat-Hallade
Country: Cameroon and France
Year: 2007
Running Time: 90 min.
Language: French and Bamileke

In the 1990s, thousands of young men began to disappear across Cameroon. Horrified by the turn-of-the-century events in her home country, Lewat-Hallade’s latest documentary is about Cameroonian families who are victims of government disappearances and are still seeking to find out what happened to their loved ones.

About the Director

Osvalde Lewat-Hallade

Biography: Osvalde Lewat-Hallade is an award-winning filmmaker who began making documentaries after several years as a journalist. She produced her first documentary, Upsa Yimoowin (The Pipe of Hope) in Toronto in 2000. That film denounces the sidelining of Native Americans. With Au-delà de la peine, Lewat tells the story of a prisoner who, after being sentenced to four years in jail for a minor offense, is imprisoned for thirty-three years. In her 2009 film, Black Business, Lewat addresses the question posed by Nigerian Nobel Laureate author Wole Soyinka: “They say Africans are not ready for democracy. So I wonder: have they ever been ready for dictatorship?” Lewat
studied at Sciences Po in Paris.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
The Forgotten Man [Au-delà de la peine] (2007 – Osvalde Lewat);
A Love during the War (2007);
Black Business [Une affaire de nègres] (2008 – Osvalde Lewat);
Sderot, Last Exit (2012 – Osvalde Lewat);
Land Rush (2013).

Filmography:
Upsa Yimoowin [The Pipe of Hope] (2000);
Itilga [The Destinies] (2001);
140, rue du Bac (2001 – Osvalde Lewat);
The Forgotten Man [Au-delà de la peine] (2003 );
A Love during the War (2005 );
Les Disparus de Douala (2006);
Black Business [Une affaire de nègres] (2007);
Sderot, Last Exit (2011 – Osvalde Lewat);
Land Rush (2012).