The Films, Books and Expeditions of John L. Brom
Chapter 4: Civilization is Just a Thin Layer on Indomitable Nature
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CIVILIZATION IS JUST A THIN LAYER ON INDOMITABLE NATURE
The French colonial administration was instrumental in helping Brom locate sites of cinematographic interest as well as facilitating contacts with varied tribal leaders. Yet the officials’ cooperation was not altruistic, but rather motivated by having control of the expedition’s whereabouts.
Brom was especially interested to show the variety of regional and ethnic richness of Cameroun, and as his next location selected a remote village of Pandong north of N’Kongsamba known for its rugged beauty and unique huts with tall conical roofs. In order to get to the village, two days distant from Foumban, the filmmakers had to spend the night in N’Kongsamba that in 1949 was a small town with two churches and one hotel taking pride in two guest rooms and a restaurant. The rooms were permanently booked as there were many businessmen visiting this rapidly growing center for the banana export trade.
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