Bassek Ba Kobhio

Bassek Ba Kobhio (born 1957) is a Cameroonian filmmaker and writer.[1]


Bassek Ba Kobhio was born in 1957 in Ninje.[1] He started as a writer, winning a short story award while still at high school in 1976.

Kobhio's first feature film, Sango Malo (1991) was an auto-adaptation of his earlier novel. The film portrayed a new village school teacher whose indifference to traditional customs causes conflict with the school's headmaster and disrupts village life. His second film, Le grand blanc de Lambaréné (1995), brought out the complexities of character of Albert Schweitzer. Despite clear differences of setting and subject matter, both films "offer vivid portraits of flawed idealists who wish to do good, but are authoritarian, puritanical, at odds with their surroundings and neglectful towards their womenfolk".[2]

In 1997 he founded the film festival Écrans Noirs.[3]

In 2003 he collaborated with Didier Ouénangaré on The Silence of the Forest, an adaptation of a novel by Étienne Goyémidé.[4]




  • Sango Malo: le maître du canton [Sango Malo: the village teacher], Paris: L'Harmattan, 1981
  • Les eaux qui débordent: nouvelles, Paris: L'Harmattan, 1984


  1. ^ a b Roy Armes (2008). Dictionary of African Filmmakers. Indiana University Press. p. 148. ISBN 0-253-35116-2.
  2. ^ Roy Armes (2006). African Filmmaking: North and South of the Sahara. Indiana University Press. p. 100. ISBN 0-253-21898-5.
  3. ^ Philippe Randrianarimanana, Bassek Ba Kobhio, l'homme qui met le cinéma au cœur de l'Afrique, TV5Monde, 17 July 2017.
  4. ^ Stefanson, Blandine; Petty, Sheila, eds. (2014). "Literary Adaptation". Directory of World Cinema Africa. 39. Intellect Books. p. 224. ISBN 978-1-78320-391-8.

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