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Title:From people theatre to film: articulating minority voices in Cameroon - an Anglophone grass field minority case study
Author:Fondzeyuf K., Tume
Periodical:African Performance Review (ISSN 1753-5964)
Geographic term:Cameroon
social change
Abstract:This essay analyses a video performance - 'Gomen Na We' - that emanated from the practice of community theatre in Cameroon in the early 2000s. The focus is on how community theatre artists used participatory community research and performance to raise awareness and consciousness in the Grass field Anglophone Minority. People Theatre practitioners employed participatory research and communication for social change that resulted in a live performance and video - 'Gomen No We'. The process that culminated in the performance was a research empowerment strategy to address the political, economic and socio-cultural inconsistencies that have since disconnected the masses from the leaders. From the 1990s and early 2000s, the social life patterns in the Grass field have not really had any observed change. People Theatre practitioners engaged to address these concerns through performance that made use of the active participation of the populace as a medium that generates messages for social transformation. On the basis of Paulo Freire's theoretical postulations in 'Pedagogy of the Oppressed', which Augusto Boal enhanced in his 'Theatre of the Oppressed', the author analyses the claim that community-made theatre and video reinforce community initiatives and that they instil critical thinking and creativity in the populace. This makes the experience more appealing and relevant to social realities. Tailoring the workshop process and the performance to address issues of democracy and participatory transparent local governance, this served as a way to articulate, mediate, and raise the voices of the populace in Cameroon. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]