Rosine Mbakam

Rosine Mbakam

Rosine Mbakam grew up in Cameroon. She chose cinema very early on and trained in Yaoundé thanks to the teams of the Italian NGO COE (Centro Orientamento Educativo) where she was introduced to image, editing and directing in 2000. She collaborated and directed several institutional films for this structure before joining the STV (Spectrum Television) team directed by Mactar Sylla in 2003. For 4 years, she worked as an editor, director, anchor and program manager.

Driven by the desire to develop her cinematographic vision, she joined INSAS (Institut National Supérieur des Arts du Spectacle et des Techniques de Diffusion) in 2007. Graduated in 2012, she directed her first short fiction film « You will be my ally » which won awards in several international festivals.

In a desire for independence, she founded Tândor Productions in 2014 with Geoffroy Cernaix. By producing her films, she seeks to defend the singularity of her vision. She directed « The two faces of a bamileke woman » her first feature-length documentary in 2017 which will be selected in more than sixty festivals (IFFR Rotterdam, Fespaco…). Her next film « Chez jolie coiffure » will have an even larger audience (Dok Leipzig, True/False, AFI Fest Los-Angeles, Fespaco…). Both films are acclaimed by critics (New-Yoker, New-York Times, LA Times, Variety…)

In order to develop cinema in her country Cameroon, she founded the production company Tândor Films in 2018. At the same time, she initiated Caravane Cinéma, which ensures the distribution of African films in the working class neighborhoods of major cities in Cameroon through open-air screenings. She now seeks to perpetuate this experience in the years to come.

She shot a short film « La majorité invisible » for the « Cinetracts ‘20 » project of the Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, Ohio) in 2020.

Today, she is completing her third feature-length documentary « Delphine’s prayers » which will be released in 2021. She has also just completed in collaboration with An Van Diederen and Eléonore Yameogo the feature- length documentary « Prisme » on the subject of filming black skin. She is also preparing the shooting of her second short fiction film « Pierrette ».

She divides her time between her production structure (Tândor Productions in Belgium and Tândor Films in Cameroon) where she works on several projects and teaching at the KASK in Ghent (Belgium).