NINAH'S DOWRY - St Augustine Film Festival

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Year: 2012
Runtime: 95 min
Language: English + Pidgin & Babanki w/English sub-titles
Director: Victor Viyuoh

Producer: Victor Viyuoh, Che Hilarius Fuh, Daniel Tan
Cast: Mbufung Seikeh, Anurin Nwunembom, Kingsley Nkwah, Norbet Kecha

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Synopsis

In 2002, student filmmaker Victor Viyuoh entered FLIFF's 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 a world premiere and 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 Nwunembom as Memfi brings a calm, calculated menace to the film.

Winner of Best Film at 2012 FLIFF

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