Fiction | 1996 | 98 minutes
Camera: Nurith Aviv
Sound: Maguette Salla, Patrick Barroz
Editing: Aurelie Ricard
Original music: Ben’s Belinga
Produced and directed by Jean-Marie Teno
Proud and determined, the hunter set out, leaving behind his village ravaged by a terrible drought. All the villagers came out to wish him well, and everyone gave what he could: an egg, a handful of peanuts or a few kola nuts...
As in the folktale, Sobgui, a former computer programmer who now drives a "clando" cab in Douala, flees to Europe to escape a life in Cameroon which has become unbearable. In Cologne (Germany), , Sobgui joins a community of African emigrants. Most are hard-working and ambitious people. Sobgui begins a love affair with Madeleine, a German political activist who encourages Sobgui and his friends to return home and fight for change.
One hears the voice of Africa expressing itself in the first person and taking the risk of its subjectivity, without using the excuse of poverty or relying on folklorism. This is, above all, very courageous.
The first feature film confronting the reality of the movement for democratization in francophone Africa has a rare quality among African films in that it entirely accomplishes its ambitions.
Clando is a work of art on the level of artistry with Satyagit Ray's investigations of India...Acting doesn't get any better than this.
Clando dramatizes how global forces can reach right into a man's psyche. Teno's first feature film confirms his position as one of African cinema's most exciting directors.