Chez Jolie Coiffure

Mon, 06/17/2019 - 7:00pm
DCTV, 87 Lafayette St, NYC

Doors 6:30pm | Screening 7pm | No admittance after 7:15pm

Official Selection, True/False Film Festival 2019

The Film

Directed by Rosine Mbakam / 2019 / 70 min

Chez Jolie Coiffure is set entirely in shop owner Sabine's underground salon, not much larger than a take-out stand, in the the Matonge quarter of Brussels – where she moved to from Cameroon. Filmmaker Rosine Mbakam films in the shop over the course of a year, becoming a regular fixture and presence. Reflected in the salon's mirrors and surrounded by the products and notions of their trade, Sabine and her fellow hairdressers organize, help each other get through gruelingly long work days, and watch out for the police patrolling the area, while tourists gawk at them like objects in the shop's window. During quiet moments between customers, Sabine recounts her own harrowing and ongoing immigration journey.

More than a place for women to get their hair done, Jolie Coiffure serves as a community hub for West African women—many from Cameroon, like Sabine. Chez Jolie Coiffure captures the day-to-day lives and concerns of these women in a space they can call their own.

Post-Screening Q&A

Rosine Mfetgo Mbakam (Director) – who will join us via live video – grew up in a traditional family in Cameroon. She chose cinema very early, training in Yaoundé thanks to the Italian NGO organization COE (Centro Orientamento Educativo) where, beginning in 2000 she was introduced to image making, editing and production. While there, she collaborated on and directed several films. After a meeting with Mactar Sylla in 2003, she joined the team of STV (Spectrum Television) where she directed and edited several programs. In 2007 she left Cameroon and enrolled at INSAS in Brussels for a training course. With her diploma in hand, she plans her first short film, and co-directs a portrait of the Congolese artist Freddy Tsimba Mavambu with Mirko Popovitch for the ASBL AFRICALIA. She founded Tandor Productions with Geoffroy Cernaix in 2014 and directed The Two Faces of a Bamileke Woman, her first creative documentary, released in 2017.


Eventbrite - DCTV Presents: Winter 2019


Please arrive 15 minutes early for guaranteed admittance. No-show tickets will be released at start time.
Doors 6:30pm | Screening 7pm | No admittance after 7:15pm


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This event is part of the Spring 2019 season of DCTV Presents, DCTV’s signature screening and event series that champions groundbreaking nonfiction film. It includes a discussion with filmmakers or specials guests, and time to engage with the makers and our community over drinks and popcorn.

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