The Cameroonian film industry has developed over the years, from selling DVDs to drawing the attention of streaming company Netflix.
A new series titled “Boss Daughters” is expected to be premiered in November. According to Jackson Stephanor, the director, the series highlights the ills of drugs and human trafficking.
“We have been filming for a few weeks now, and truly this one is a wonderful experience because I love the storyline,” Stephanor said.
Stephanor hopes that “Boss Daughters” will provide new momentum to Collywood, the affectionate nickname for Cameroon’s film industry.
In recent years, Cameroon’s cultural diversity, tree-lined suburbs and sweeping landscapes, deserts and lakes have increasingly dotted the silver screen, serving as the backdrop for several popular movies in the country.
Commenting on Cameroon’s film industry, Montana Peters, a filmmaker, said, “For the last four years, the Cameroon film industry has evolved. We have moved from the sales of DVDs and CDs to online platforms.”
According to Coach Obi, a film producer, Cameroon has seen considerable growth in its film productions, with over 300 movies produced since 2008.
In recent months, several Cameroonian productions have attracted attention from streaming company Netflix, which has purchased four Cameroonian films.
However, Peters said the industry has a long way to go before its actors and directors have a chance to make millions of dollars.
“We don’t have platforms where we can sell our films. That is where the big problem is. That is where Nigeria is ahead of us,” Peters said.
Peters disclosed that a team was working on a platform that will soon air Cameroonian films online for Cameroonians to stream.