GRANTING: Victor Viyuoh on Filmmaking in Cameroon

Victor Viyouh (right), director of Ninah's Dowry

Last year, GFI awarded Cameroonian director Victor Viyuoh a production grant to support completion of his film, Ninah’s Dowry. Such grants, as many of you know, are awarded twice a year to filmmakers who present us with unique cinematic visions of the world (or rather, their world). And since our founding, we have supported films that cover every kind of story one might imagine–from a behind the scenes look at Bollywood to films about wrestlers, politics, and, in Victor’s case, marriage in Cameroon.

However, as is often the situation, we sometimes find that the story behind the ‘vision’ is just as engaging as the film it produces–something Victor recently reminded us of after sending an email recounting the various difficulties he and his production crew faced while trying to film Ninah’s Dowry in Cameroon.

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Screen Africa: Global Fund Reaches Out

Screen Africa talks to GFI and other funders about what it means to “support” Africa

“The revered Senegalese filmmaker Ousame Sembene once said that ‘funds make beggars out of Africans.’ [GFI Director of Programs, Santhosh Daniel] responds, ‘This is always an interesting question to consider, and I think it truly depends on how the funds are given: to support the growth of African cinema or to seed and appropriate stories that support a western notion of Africa and ultimately, prove to be more profitable for the world external to Africa, than Africa itself.”

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