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Namibian Premiere of W.A.K.A., directed by Cameroonian Francoise Ellong


Info   Entrance: 30,- N$


"W.A.K.A." (an acronym for "Woman Acts for her Kid Adam"), 2013, Cameroon/France, 97 min, directed by Cameroonian filmmaker Francoise Ellong,  tells the story of Matilda, a 30-something-year-old single woman abandoned by her family, who works as a waitress in a bar, when her life is shaken up after her boss finds out that she's pregnant, and opts to fire her.

Matilda, superbly played by actress Patricia Bakalak, is faced with the choice of either getting rid of her baby and keep her job, or having the child, losing her job, but managing as best as she can to raise the baby. She chooses the latter, is fired from her job, and finds it extremely difficult to get hired elsewhere. That's when Max, a pimp, enters her life, and, as manages to get her work for her on the streets.

Matilda falls in love with another man, who loves Matilda and the boy for their self-worth. As Matilda wants to quit her job on the streets, Max refuses and tightens the control over her, demanding payback for the “investment” he made into her. 

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTgGZ5W_Sy4


  • Jury prize, 17th edition of Festival du cinéma Africain de Khouribga (FCAK), 2014
  • Best Director, Mashariki African Film festival, Rwanda, 2015
  • Best First Feature, Panafrican International Film Festival of Cannes, 2015
  • Special Mention, Junior Jury, 14th edition of Lumières d'Afrique at Besancon
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