Chez Jolie Coiffure / The Two Faces of a Bamiléké Woman

71 & 77 mins.
Directed by Rosine Mbakam
French with subtitles

As part of our Bellwether series, which showcases striking and important new films and engages artists and filmgoers in discussion, we're thrilled to present a double feature of two films by Rosine Mbakam: CHEZ JOLIE COIFFURE (2019) and THE TWO FACES OF A BAMILEKE WOMAN (2016). Mbakam then joins us for a virtual Q&A on Wednesday, July 15.

Tickets to this Bellwether presentation are FREE to Amherst Cinema Members, and $10 for non-Members. Once you have a ticket, both films are available to watch through Thursday, July 16. These films are available to watch through the internet browser on your computer, phone, or tablet.


On Wednesday, July 15 at 3pm, join us for a Facebook Live Q&A with director Rosine Mbakam and Amherst Cinema's George Myers.


CHEZ JOLIE COIFFURE is a highly revealing documentary, capturing the day-to-day lives and concerns of immigrant West African women in a space they can call their own.

THE TWO FACES OF A BAMILÉKÉ WOMAN is a sharply observed, nuanced and powerful feature documentary debut that captures the relationship between a woman and her mother—and subtly expresses the dislocation of emigration.

In the New York Times Critic's Pick review of these two films, Teo Bugbee writes: "The Cameroonian and Belgian filmmaker, Rosine Mbakam, makes a remarkable debut with two documentary essay films that explore the identities of West African women at home and abroad... Her films do not give voice to her subjects — rather, she shares with women the chance to speak for themselves." Click here to read the full review.


This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.