Spectacle Theater | 124 South 3rd Street
dir. Jean Pierre Bekolo, 1992
80 mins. Cameroon.
In French with English subtitles.
THURSDAY AUGUST 8th – 7:30PM
SATURDAY AUGUST 24th – 10PM
Bekolo’s rolicking debut Quartier Mozart takes on the politics and magic of gender roles in Yaounde’s working class district. The adventure begins when schoolgirl “Queen of the Hood” asks a local sorceress what it would like to be a man. Mama Thekla puts her into the body of a ladykiller to find out. Chaos ensues when he falls for the police chef’s daughter, Thekla is not far behind, and while she guides the freshly-minted “My Guy”, she’ll take the penis off any man who shakes her hand. Bekolo’s impish editing and hip-hop score give new meaning to a popular folktale.
(Winner of the 1992 Prix Afrique en Creation at the Cannes Film Festival.)