Cameroon - South Africa / 2018 / English and French with Spanish and English subtitles / 104

  • Director 

    Jean-Pierre Bekolo

  • Producer: 

    Xolile Tshabalala


    Jean-Pierre Bekolo

  • Photography: 

    Jim Bishop

  • Cast: 

    Maryne Bertieaux, Andrea Larsdotter, Xolile Tshabalala, Emile Abossolo Mbo, Pierre van Heerden


  • Mar 8 - 18:00 Cine Colombia (Plaza Bocagrande) 2


The Sixties. A South African prison. A white woman who has just arrived in the country has come to visit a death row prisoner she has been writing to, a second white woman has come to give a man in the same jail French classes and a black woman has come to see her husband who has been incarcerated for 15 years. What they don’t know is that they have all come to see the same man, apartheid victim Djamal Okoroko, whose powerful speeches on race and oppression and intellectual capacity will captivate the two white women. Words are one of the few things left for this disciple of Sartre who lives in a constant existentialist quandary. Denied his physical freedom, he has found more metaphysical, intangible ways of living a free man. A powerful argument for the abolition of the death penalty, Bekolo is also an ode to life and freedom.



Jean-Pierre Bekolo

Bekolo is an avant-garde filmmaker whose imaginative work overturns stereotypes of Africa and African cinema. His entertaining films operate on multiple layers, engaging viewers with thrilling stories, biting humour and dramatic aesthetics. Quartier Mozart (1992), Aristotle's Plot (1995), Les Saignantes (2005), Le President (2113), among others.