2008 | DV | 46mins | Colour
Co-directed with Mieke Bal and Alexandra Loumpet-Galitzine
French, Russian and Cameroonian with English subtitles
Between age three and four, Vera Loumpet-Galitzine traverses many landscapes, exploring where she comes from, to come into her own. We follow her to her school and neighbourhood activities in France, to Cameroon and to Russia. In Fumban, Cameroon, she is initiated as nji mongu, the oldest daughter of the nji (prince) of the traditional kingdom of Bamun.
In Russia, in Moscow and surroundings, she visits the estates of her mother’s ancestors, who were nobility exiled during the revolution. For Vera these visually engaging landscapes seem easily integrated into her rich fantasy world.