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Muna Moto

(Jean-Pierre Dikongué-Pipa, 1975)

Introduced by Margaret Bodde, Executive Director, The Film Foundation

New Restoration

Woman staring at camera, Muna Moto

From Cameroon, the allegorical Muna Moto follows a young couple—Ngando and Ndomé—who are in love but are prevented by Ndomé’s family from getting married because Ngando cannot afford the customary dowry. When Ndomé becomes pregnant, a marriage with Ngando’s older uncle, whose past three marriages failed to produce children, is quickly arranged. The film is a thinly veiled polemic on the dowry system, the country’s colonial past, and political corruption. (89 mins., 4K DCP)

Image: Muna Mota, image courtesy The Film Foundation

More about the expert

Margaret Bodde oversees The Film Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded by Martin Scorsese in 1990 and dedicated to protecting and preserving motion picture history. The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project has restored 35 films from 22 different countries around the world. This is her third appearance at Cinema Revival.

Restored by Cineteca di Bologna at L’Immagine Ritrovata and The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project. Funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation. This restoration is part of the African Film Heritage Project, created by The Film Foundation, the Pan African Federation of Filmmakers (FEPACI), and UNESCO—in collaboration with Cineteca di Bologna—to help locate, restore, and disseminate African cinema.

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Past Film/Video

Muna Moto