SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION FORT LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVA OCTOBER 19– NOVEMBER 11
NINAH’S DOWRY Victor Viyuch / Cameroon / 2012 / 95 min / English + Pidgin & Babanki w/English sub-titles In 2002, student filmmaker Victor Viyuch entered FLIFF’s Eastman Kodak International Student Film Competition and won the short narrative section with his film MBOUTOUKOU. Fast forward twelve years and Victor, now a professional filmmaker, returns with one of the most accomplished films of the festival. At 20, Ninah is a veteran wife of 7 years and a mother of 3. She is stuck in an abusive relationship with no hope of change. Her family lives off her meager earnings from farm work while her husband, Memfi, drinks away his equally meager earnings as a shepherd. When news of her gravely ill father reaches Ninah she decides to go speak her peace to her father even as her husband commands her to stay and get the farm ready before the rains come. Ninah disobeys Memfi by packing and attempting to leave. This action sets off an incredible series of events with a whirlwind of suspense, thrills, and adventure
set across the Cameroon landscape. Mbufung Seikeh as Ninah in her screen debut is nothing short of astonishing in one of the strongest performances of the Festival. Anurin Nwunemborn as Memfi brings a calm, calculated menace to the film. ...Sponsored by Teri & Brian Pattullo THE DIRECTOR: Named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Independent Filmmakers to watch, Victor Viyuoh wrote and directed the thesis short MBOUTOUKOU which was filmed entirely in Cameroon, Africa. In one year on the circuit, Mboutoukou played at over 100 festivals including Venice in Italy, New Directors/New Films and Rotterdam. Beginning with its nomination for the 2002 Student Academy Awards, Mboutoukou won over 20 awards including Best Short at SXSW, Best Student Short at FLIFF, and the Rights of the Child Award at the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival. Victor is an alumnus of USC’s School of CinemaTelevision and Film Independent’s Directors and Screenwriters labs.
Sat, Oct 21, 6pm Cinema Paradiso Mon, Oct 22, 8pm Sunrise Civic Center Tues, Oct 23, 9pm Muvico Pompano
EAST Magazine October 2012