Zurura Zurura - Some Prefer Cake Festival 2020

ZURURA ZURURA – The Smile Blooms

Directed by Marthe Djilo Kamga – Belgio/Camerun/USA, 2020
CINE-POEM, 18’50”

“Zurura, Zurura: The Smile Blooms” is a poetic visual philosophical essay. In this film, the director Marthe Djilo Kamga revisits the issue of silenced black female body, often under the gaze of others. She comes back to the African roots, and the landscape of African culture to anchor a new gaze on the black female body. The poetic is a call to create new epistemology of how to inscribe one selves in the world around us. Zurura, Zurura, invites new generations to celebrate their blackness.

Zurura Zurura - Some Prefer Cake Festival 2020


Cast: Frieda Ekotto, Marthe Djilo Kamga
Direction and production design: Marthe Djilo Kamga
Script: Frieda Ekotto & Marthe Djilo Kamga
Photography: Marthe Djilo Kamga, Sabreen Bint Loula
Editing: Flora Caviren
Sound: Hugo Lemercier
Music: Zouratié Kone
Production: Frieda Ekotto, The University of Michigan Ann Arbor
Executive production: Marthe Djilo Kamga, Les Identités du Baobab

Marthe Djilo Kamga is founder and current coordi­nator of the Massimadi festival, and her profes­sional and person paths have revolved around her interest in questions of vulnerability, identity, and equal opportunity. Her interest in art and cultural production (film, performance, photography, etc.) empowers her to reappropriate images and pub­lic spaces for people in positions of invisibility. Reoccurring themes in her work are the coexis­tence of multiple identities and diverse modes of artistic and cultural expression. She does a little of everything and is constantly asking herself if one lifetime will be enough to satisfy all her interests. Her other major projects are the one-woman show “Angalia Ni Mimi: thera­py of a thwarted artist.” An authobiogray written by herself and the photo documentary Sikiliza, My Body Talks to You. She is also co-executive produc­er and director of the documentary “Vibrancy of Silence – A Discussion with My Sisters”.