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Anglophone Filmmakers should boycott Ecrans Noir Festival—Actress

Cameroonian actress, Stephanie Tum has said Anglophones filmmakers should boycott Ecrans Noirs Film Festival citing cases of alleged discrimination meted on Anglophones filmmakers

Stephanie Tum could no longer hide her frustration as she took to her Facebook page on July 12 to make it clear to her fans and Anglophone filmmakers that the festival, which celebrates African film and arts, should be massively boycotted by Anglophone filmmakers, announcement later this year.

Actress Stephanie Tum

“The question is why do you show up to support a festival that the current government has clearly showed is the only recognised festival in Cameroon because it is a Francophone festival. The only Anglophone festival in Cameroon has continually been underlined by this same government”, Stephanie lamented.

Ecrans Noirs is an African film festival, founded in 1997 by director Bassek Ba Kobhio. It is held every year in Yaoundé, Cameroon. Organized by the association “Black Screens”, it aims to disseminate cinematographic creations of six countries in Central Africa (Cameroon, Gabon, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic and Chad).

The festival is also intended as a space of reflection on the cinema and organizes colloquiums, bringing together professionals, who debate on topics concerning the conditions of exercise and the evolution of this art on the African continent.