WFC Central African Republic: Song from the Forest

This is a documentary (I think… or is it!?) filmed in the Central African Republic, but it’s really more a US/German film than anything else.

Most of the dialogue is in English, but the DVD is subtitled in German only. So when the people who are speaking the language people in Ködörösêse tî Bêafrîka use, I have to read and understand the German subtitles.

“- Versager! Arschloch! Schwanz!” I understand German! Wow!

It’s a fascinating and strange film. Beautifully shot.

Song from the Forest. Michael Obert. 2013. Central African Republic.


  • 1 part voka
  • 1 part banana liqueur
  • 2 parts ginger ale

Stir with ice and top off with the ginger ale.

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WFC Cabo Verde: O Testamento do Senhor Napumoceno

I guess Cabo Verde is too small to show up on the map there… Google! Be better!

We’re getting to smaller countries now in this blog series (size-wise or film industry wise (we’re nearly half way)), so the question “is this really a film from ?” is getting slightly more iffy.

IMDB lists this one as a coproduction between “Portugal | Brazil | Cape Verde | France | Belgium”, which makes it like “er”. The director here is from Portugal, but it’s filmed in Cape Verde with plenty of Cape Verdean (is that a word?) actors and stuff, so…

Anyway, this is a very silly film. I didn’t quite get that at the start and thought all the actors were just over-acting like crazy. But it’s an old-fashioned farce and doesn’t really aim at realism. Sort of. It turns all serious towards the end.

It’s amusing. And the structure it has (two timelines connected by a listening to tapes) makes it more interesting.

And I really enjoy listening to Portuguese.

But, still, it’s kinda… off.

Napomuceno’s Will. Francisco Manso. 1997. Cabo Verde.

Coco Punch

  • 3 parts brandy
  • 1 part sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 parts coconut milk
  • some grated coconut

Shake with ice and pour, unstrained, into a glass.

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WFC Cameroon: Aristotle’s Plot

Wow. Such a fresh film. I can see some Godard influences, perhaps, but it’s quite unlike anything I’ve seen. It’s like… Michel Gondry ten years before Michel Gondry.

Very meta and quite funny.

I found their dialect sometimes hard to follow, though. *concentrate* I switched on the French subtitles to help understanding, and I don’t even understand French.

Love the guy who played the “Keystone Cop”.

I do have one slight criticism to make, though: The voice-over at the end was a bit too on the nose.

Le complot d’Aristote. Jean-Pierre Bekolo. 1996. Cameroon.

Tamarind & Gin

  • Tamarind drink
  • Gin

To make the tamarind drink, remove the seends from a bunch of tamarinds, boil some water, and let the tamarind flesh steep in the cooling water for a few hours.

This isn’t really a Cameroon cocktail, but the tamarind part it. I dumped some gin into this traditional soft drink.

I tried googling! Cameroonian bartenders: You should get on the web.

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WFC Côte d’Ivoire: La Victoire en chantant

Uh-oh. That’s not a good sign.

I guess that this film is really rather more French than Cote de Ivoirean? (That’s probably not a word.) And it’s a “satire”, which is usually code word for “not actually funny”.


An it is, indeed, a bit eye-rolling-ey at times. But it’s not bad.

Black and White in Color. Jean-Jacques Annaud. 1976. Côte d’Ivoire.

Hibiscus Margaritas

  • 4 parts hibiscus syrup
  • 1 part lime juice
  • 2 parts tequila

Shake with ice. Pour into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.

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WFC Cambodia: នៅកម្លោះដល់ណាខ្ញុំ

Ahh! A lighthearted goofy comedy. Somehow those aren’t the films that are usually exported from non-major-film-producing countries. It’s always the serious or artsy films. And I love serious artsy films, but c’mon.

Unfortunately, this film also illustrates why these films aren’t exported. There’s just not very much about this film that’s memorable.

It’s amusing.

Staying Single When?. Tom Som. 2007. Cambodia.

Banana Daiquiri

  • 2 parts white rum
  • 2 parts banana liqueur
  • 3 parts lemon juice
  • 1 part simple syrup
  • lots of banana

Blend with ice. Pour into cocktail glass and garnish with a banana slice.

That’s way too much lemon juice for my taste. I think it could have been really good with, like, a third as much?

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