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Documentarian Jean-Marie Teno in New York

Image : "Chosen" directed by Jean-Marie Teno


On the occasion of the U.S. Premiere of his latest documentary Chosen, Cameroonian director Jean-Marie Teno will present a sample of his work to NY audiences.

From his first feature Bikutsi Water Blues (screening in the Global Punk Series organized with Joseph Pomp in collaboration with the Museum of Art and Design’s exhibition, Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die: Punk Graphics, 1976–1986) to his latest Chosen (premiering in the U.S. at the New York African Film Festival hosted by Film at Lincoln Center), Jean-Marie Teno will present two corner stones of his career. The director will also take part in a conversation following the screening of Africa, I Will Fleece You, an experimental journey which, through a first-person lens and the director’s commentary, immerses the viewer in the complexities of colonialism and its aftermath.

Born in Cameroon, Jean-Marie Teno arrived in France in 1978 and has been producing and directing social-issue films on the colonial and post-colonial history of Africa for over twenty-five years for international television broadcast and theatrical release. His films are noted for their personal and original approach to issues of race, cultural identity, African history, and contemporary politics. Teno’s films have been honored at festivals worldwide, including Berlin, Toronto, Yamagata, Cinéma du Réel, Visions du Réel, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Leipzig, Documenta, San Francisco, and London. Many have been broadcast in Europe and featured in festivals across the United States.


Africa, I Will Fleece You
Directed by Jean-Marie Teno
Year: 1992
Runtime: 88 mins
> Thursday, May 30 – 7:30pm at UnionDocs 

Q&A with director Jean-Marie Teno

Chosen / Le Futur dans le rétro  
Directed by Jean-Marie Teno
Year: 2018
Runtime: 89 mins
>  Saturday, June 1 – 1:00pm at Film at Lincoln Center 

Q&A with director Jean-Marie Teno

Bikutsi Water Blues  
Directed by Jean-Marie Teno
Year: 1988
Runtime: 93 mins
> Saturday, June 1 – 2:00pm at the Museum of Arts and Design

Q&A with director Jean-Marie Teno and Richard Peña, Director Emeritus of the New York Film Festival and Professor at Columbia University