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Muna Moto

Muna Moto is a welcome restoration of a classic social realist African masterpiece that champions the ideals of Third Cinema aesthetics.

Dir-Scr Jean-Pierre Dikongué-Pipa
With Philippe Abia, Arlette Din Bell, David Endéné
Cameroon
1975
89min
Prod Co Cameroun Spectacles
With English subtitles

Ngando (David Endéné) and Ndomé (Arlette Din Belle) are deeply in love. Ngando wishes to marry Ndomé. But he is poor and cannot afford a dowry, making him unable to fulfil the tradition. And according to the village tradition, she must take a husband. After a meeting, the villagers decide that Ndomé should marry Ngando’s childless uncle, Mbongo (Philippe Abia), who already has three wives. In despair, Ngando decides to something unthinkable on the day of the wedding. Shooting mainly with available light and in crisp black and white, acclaimed director Jean-Pierre Dikongué-Pipa achieves a perfect balance of poetry and richly compelling visuals. If this weren’t enough, the hauntingly atmospheric score by legendary Cameroonian composer Georges Mouangue Anderson adds wonder to this already inspiring film.

Keith Shiri

Additional information

Restored by Cineteca di Bologna/L’Immagine Ritrovata and The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project. Funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation.

This restoration is part of the African Film Heritage Project, created by The Film Foundation, FEPACI and UNESCO – in collaboration with Cineteca di Bologna.

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