Chicago European Union Film Festival: MAMBAR PIERRETTE


THEATER 1 Mon, Mar 4 8:30 PM
THEATER 1 Thu, Mar 7 6:15 PM
Film Info
Release Year:2024
Production Country:Belgium
Original Language:French
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Rosine Mbakam
Cast:Pierrette Aboheu
Karelle Kenmogne
Cécile Tchana
Fabrice Ndjeuthat
Screenwriter:Rosine Mbakam


Cameroonian born and Belgium based Rosine Mfetgo Mbakam’s (CHEZ JOLIE COIFFURE) MAMBAR PIERRETTE makes its Chicago premiere after an illustrious festival run, including  presentations in the Directors' Fortnight at Cannes and the New York Film Festival. Set in Cameroon, the amiable but overworked seamstress Mambar busily prepares clothes for the start of the school year, while dutifully serving as a confidant for her customers and community. After experiencing a series of setbacks, including a torrential rain that threatens to flood her workshop, Mambar struggles to stay afloat. A narrative film deftly balanced with documentary elements (the film’s nonprofessional cast includes Mbakam’s cousin in the lead role), MAMBAR PIERRETTE is a graceful and powerfully subtle portrait of the little moments thatcompounded by systems of oppression—can suddenly redefine our lives.