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Le Silence de la forêt

Fortnight 2003, Feature film, 1H33mn


Appointed inspector of schools in Bangui after doing his studies in France, Gonaba suddenly decides to give it all up to go live deep in the equatorial forest, the home of the Babinga pygmies. His idea is to help them win their freedom from the « big men » and their intolerable racism, 40 years after the country’s independence. After a long ordeal, an immutable truth: happiness is the most relative thing in the world.


Bassek ba Kobhio

Bassek ba Kobhio, 46, was born in Nindje, in Cameroon. He has previously directed two feature films and founded Films Terre Africaine, a Cameroon based production company, in 1991. Four years later he launched Ecrans Noirs, an itinerant festival in Cameroon, Gabon and the Central African Republic. He is also the author of three novels.

Didier Ouénangaré

Didier Ouénangaré, 50, was born in Bambari in the Central African Republic. After studying film in Abidjan (Ivory Coast), he graduated from the University of Rennes. Since 1995, he has been directing shorts and documentaries in the CAR. Le Silence de la fôret, which he also co-wrote, is his first fiction film.

Eric Ebouaney
les pygmés Akas
Nadège Beausson Diagne
Philippe Maury
Sonia Zembourou
Zacka Zombou

Bassek ba Kobhio, Didier Ouénangaré et Marcel BeaulieuAdapté de : du roman de Etienne Goyemidé

Pierre-Olivier Larrieu

Yvan Dacquet, Olivier Laurent et Julien Cloquet

Joseph Licide

Manu Dibango

Set decoration
Heather Cameron

Production : Bassek ba Kobhio Les Films Terre Africaine B.P. 11 371 Yaoundé Cameroun Tél: +237 21 4941 Fax: +237 21 4942 Coproductions : Centre National du Cinéma (Gabon), Écrans Noirs (Centrafrique) Presse France : Dany de Seille 103 rue du Château 92600 Asnières (France) Tél: + 33 (0)1 40 86 18 35 Fax : + 33 (0)1 47 90 50 92 Mob : + 33 (0)6 08 91 57 14