On board the Clando bus, a clandestine means of travel for the English-speaking minority that travels to the French-speaking cities of Cameroon for economic opportunities we meet different characters whose stories help us to understand the tensions in a nation divided.
Clando is a typical long-distance bus leaving the remote countryside of Cameroon to the economic capital, Yaoundé. Its thirty seats carry people with diverse reasons for travelling but most are in search of a better life in the French-speaking capital. As an English-speaking minority, they are considered migrants inside their own country. This clando bus, just like many others, is on its twelve-hour odyssey carrying hawker Lina Ike, the hilarious bus “Massa doctor” selling medication which she claims cures many ailments, a revolutionary preacher who collects alms after preaching, a deported migrant, Basil Tebo, who shares his story of strife trekking through Latin America to illegally enter the USA. But also Ayeah Leonette, an internally displaced single mother seeking a better life. Clando, the name for the clandestine buses that transport internal migrants in Cameroon, has to go through identity-checking posts run by French-speaking police, customs and gendarmes acting as immigration officials inside the country. In the lively Clando, filled with arguing, buying and selling, many stories make up the humorous nature of the film that provides another view of why and how economic migrants travel inside Cameroon.
Eystein Young Dingha
Eystein Young Dingha is an avid filmmaker born in Cameroon, who studied at the University of Yaounde before migrating to Nigeria. While working as an intern on set in Nigeria, he was selected for the MTN Digital Conference and later the Generation Africa workshops for the writing of the documentary Clando. Returning home to Cameroon, he directed the film. His other short films Chicha, The Kaffi, Massa Docta and Revenir have been screened and awarded at the African International Film Festival, Lake International Pan African Film Festival, Slum Film Festival, Artcity Film Festival, Motion Picture International Film Festival, Standalone Film Festival and Festival Internazionale del Cortometraggio. His on set work as production designer and art director in Cameroon and Nigeria include Tenacity, Hidden Dream, Pillars of Africa. Young Dingha was nominated as Best Art Director in the 2018 Golden Movie Awards. He is the CEO of Extrafix Media, a film production and multimedia company based in Bamenda, Cameroon.
Herbert Nfor is a documentary film producer, cinematographer and director born and raised in the North-West Region of Cameroon. His current projects include the documentary film Clando, produced for ExtraFix Media as part of the Generation Africa project, a pan-African anthology from 16 countries in Africa, on the topic of migration. Also, he currently serves as acting producer for one of the most renowned Cameroon content creating production houses, Yonka Films, of which he has produced documentaries on agricultural development for the international company OLAM, and countless music videos of which one of them was an Afrima Award Winning song. He also continues to work as a director for Youth Development TV Musical Programs at the Alliance Francaise of Cameroon.
Don Edkins is a South African documentary filmmaker and producer based in Cape
Town. He has produced documentary film projects that have been broadcast around
the world, such as Steps for the Future, Why Democracy? and Why Poverty? earning
multiple international awards, including an Oscar for Taxi to the Dark Side, and the
Special Teddy Award at the 63rd Berlinale for Steps for the Future. The Peabody
awarded Why Poverty? Project, with documentary films from 21 countries, was
screened globally by 70 broadcasters. He is Executive Producer of AfriDocs, a free-to-
view VOD platform and broadcast strand across Africa that screens the best African
and international documentary films. He is currently producing a new documentary film
project with African filmmakers across the continent, Generation Africa, around the
theme of migration. He is a mentor for the Berlinale Talents, Durban FilmMart, and
Docs by the Sea in Indonesia, and a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Tiny Mungwe is a documentary film and arts producer. She currently works at STEPS
(Social Transformation and Empowerment Projects) where she produces Generation
Africa, a pan-African anthology of 25 documentary films from 16 countries in Africa, on
the topic of migration. Mungwe’s films include Akekho uGogo, a 48 minute
documentary about urban youth culture, which screened at several festivals including
the Durban International Film Festival, Apollo Film Festival and DOKANEMA Festival.
Her short film script Evelyn was selected for the National Film and Video Foundation
(NFVF) Women Filmmaker Project and she directed another short film in the program,
Daddy’s Boy. She has written for some of the highest rating South African television
dramas such as Muvhango and Matatiele, and was one of the directors on the series
Uzalo. For several years she worked as a festival organizer and programmer for four
international festivals, namely Time of the Writer, the Durban International Film
Festival, Jomba! Contemporary Dance Festival and Poetry Africa. During that time she also worked on the program for Durban FilmMart (the co-production market of the festival) and Talents Durban (a career development program for emerging African filmmakers in partnership with Berlinale Talents). She continues to work as a program curation associate for the Durban FilmMart. She also programmed and curated the city of Durban’s inaugural book and art fair, ARTiculate Africa.