The microcosm of a beauty salon amplifies the world beyond its doors. Sabine, a Cameroonian immigrant in Brussels, manages an 8m² salon in the African neighborhood of Matongé under threat of closure by the police. Here, the visual power of braiding hair, a collective activity, operates as racial-ethnicity belonging and a cinematic trigger. On top of this is the presence behind the filmmaker’s camera, also from Cameroon, determining the modes of interaction inside and outside the frame.
Rosine Mbakam Rosine Mfetgo Mbakam grew up in Cameroon in a traditional family. She chooses Cinema very early and is trained in Yaoundé to the team of the Italian NGO COE (Centro Orientamento Educativo) where she is initiated to the image, editing and production since 2000. In 2007 she left Cameroon and enrolled in Brussels for a training course at INSAS. She founded in 2014 with Geoffroy Cernaix, Tandor Productions and directed 'The Two Faces of a Bamileke Woman' her first documentary in 2017.