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Le Silence de la Foret (The Forest) (2003)

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Created: 8th Jun 2007
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Bassek ba Kobhio and Didier Ouénangaré

Le Silence de la Foret (The Forest) (2003)

2003. 93 minutes. Cameroon / Central African Republic / Gabon. Directors: Bassek ba Kobhio and Didier Ouénangaré

In Diaka, French and Sango with English subtitles. Le silence de la forêt is a film about the difficulty for even the most well-intentioned person to know and respect another culture. In this case, the problem is so acute that there is even heated debate over what to call that “other.” The subtitles in the film use the familiar word “pygmies,” a relatively pejorative European term; the Bantu or villagers’ expression for the same group, Babingas, carries similar negative connotations. These highly specialized, tropical rainforest hunter-gatherers should perhaps be called by their own ethnonym, Aka, MoAka (sing.) and BaAka (pl.)

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Films :  Le Silence de la Foret (The Forest) (2003)

Le Silence de la Foret (The Forest) (2003) 2003. 93 minutes. Cameroon / Central African Republic / Gabon. Directors: Bassek ba Kobhio and Didier Ouénangaré...

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Author: Bayugopai
Wed Jan 13 07:14:14 2010

I viewed this video to consider showing to an anthropology class that studied the Mbuti, another group of 'pygmies' in the Ituri forest of DROC. The film's merit is that it gives a national (C.A.R.) perspective on the Baaka forest foragers. The Baaka are first introduced in a subservient role for the national ruling elite. There are many movies about African forest foragers of short stature but they do not consider the national level. However, I found it not suitable for a class room because of scenes of sexual intercourse that were explicit by US standards.


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