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May 16, 2024

The wrath of Mount Cameroon

The awakening of the volcano: a video mapping to discover from May 30 to June 2, 2024.

This year, Focus Cameroun III will present an exclusive video mapping and augmented reality exhibition at FlyView Paris, two original productions directly inspired by Cameroonian cosmogonies. Through these two creations specially designed for the occasion, audiences will be invited to discover - or rediscover - certain aspects of the mythological tales of Cameroonian tradition, reinvented, reinterpreted and magnified thanks to new technologies and digital tools.

When Thunder Mountain breaks loose...

In the south-west of the country, not far from the Atlantic coast, stands Mount Cameroon, a still-active volcano that local populations call "Mongo-mo-Ndemi" ("Mountain of the Gods"). Its highest point, Mount Fako ("Mongo-ma-Loba", or "Thunder Mountain"), stands proudly, sovereign of its lush vegetation and the people who have settled at its foot.

So when one fine day Mount Cameroon awakens, pouring out all its wrath in fire and lava, the whole country is threatened with being devoured and reduced to ashes by the ravaging flames. A huge procession begins: groups from all over the country take turns invoking their greatest rites. But nothing works. They realize that only by coming together in communion can they appease the wrath of Mount Cameroon.

Video mapping and an augmented exhibition!

A modern tale inspired by the traditional stories of Cameroonian cultures, this video mapping is a voyage of initiation celebrating the union of the country's four major cultural areas (Sawa, Grassfields, Soudano-Sahelian and Fang-Béti-Bulu) in the service of a common destiny. The video mapping "La Colère du Mont Cameroun" (The Wrath of Mount Cameroon) will be accompanied by an augmented reality exhibition to extend the experience.

The fruit of a Franco-Cameroonian co-production, these two works were produced on the initiative of the Institut français du Cameroun. They will be previewed at FlyView Paris during Focus Cameroun III, from May 30 to June 2, 2024.
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Credits.

Script and narration: Paule-Clisthène Dassi, Irène Dondjina, Patrick Epape, Alioum Moussa, Pierre Ndame, David Noundji, Kouam Tawa.

Visual creation and animation: Amandine Atangana, Thry-Dong Banda, Darius Dada, Daniel Malagal, Antoine Onomo, Eric Takukam, with Sébastien Mizermont and the Virtual Lighting Box team.

Music and sound design: Ekie Bozeur Entertainment.

Voice and vocals : Lydol.

Filming and live images: Patrick Epape.

Expanded exhibition: Eric Takukam.

Artistic direction: Thry-Dong Banda, Sébastien Mizermont

Production: Michael Swierczynski & Institut français du Cameroun, 2024.

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