Chief!

Director: Jean-Marie Teno
Country: Cameroon
Year: 1999
Running Time: 61 mins.
Language: French

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CHIEF! asks us to see beyond the cult of personality created by the dictator, allowing us to that a dictatorship is also a system with a logic, a vast machinery of corruption and irresponsibility, a state of mind that pervades an entire population. In every town, office, police station, institution we find autocratic chiefs ruling over their fiefdoms, extorting from their subordinates. CHIEF!examines how the authoritarian model is replicated from top to bottom, transforming all social exchanges into relationships of power and inequality.

About the Director

Jean-Marie Teno

jean marie tenoBiography: Jean-Marie Teno, Africa’s preeminent documentary filmmaker, has been producing and directing films on the colonial and post-colonial history of Africa for over twenty years. Films by Jean-Marie Teno have been honored at festivals worldwide: Berlin, Toronto, Yamagata, Cinema du Reel, Visions du Reel, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Liepzig, San Francisco, London. Teno has been a guest of the Flaherty Seminar, an artist in residence at the Pacific Film Archive of the University of California, Berkeley, and has lectured at numerous universities. Most recently, he was a visiting artist at Amherst College as a 2007-08 Copeland Fellow.

[Source: http://www.jmteno.us/filmmaker.html]

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Yellow Fever Taximan (1993, 1998);
Afrique, je te plumerai / Africa, I Will Pluck You Clean (1993, 1998);
Head in the clouds (1997, 1998);
Clando (1997, 1998);
Mister Foot (1998);
A Trip to the Country (2000);
Alex’s Wedding (2004, 2011);
Le Malentendu colonial (2005, 2006, 2007);
Sacred Places (2009);
Chief! (2006).

Filmography:
Hommage (1985);
Yellow Fever Taximan (1985);
La gifle et la caresse (1987);
Bikutsi Water Blues (1988);
The Last Trip (1990);
Mister Foot (1992);
Afrique, je te plumerai /Africa, I Will Pluck You Clean (1992);
Head in the clouds (1994);
Clando (1996);
Chief! (1999);
A Trip to the Country (2000);
Alex’s Wedding (2002);
Le Malentendu colonial (2004);
Sacred Places (2009).