dir. Jean-Pierre Bekolo, 2005
Cameroon. 97 mins.
In French with English subtitles
WEDNESDAY, JULY 31st - 8PM (as part of THE FUTURE WEIRD: VISIONS OF EXCESS)
SATURDAY, AUGUST 10th - 10PM
FRIDAY, AUGUST 23rd - 10PM
LES SAIGNANTES is the best African sci-fi vampire political satire with homoerotic overtones you've ever seen. Best friends Majolie and Chouchou are two beautiful young women trying to get ahead in a near-future Cameroon. After accidentally killing a powerful politician during sex, the two come up with a plot to dispose of the body, and get into the glamorous wakes that have taken over the local nightlife.
As the girls tear their way through the corrupt ruling class, using their their feminine wiles and magical powers, Bekolo drops inter-titles into the film, commenting on the difficulties of filmmaking in an oppressive political climate. With a feminist subtext and cinematography like a blacklight rave, LES SAIGNANTES is a beautiful, disorienting, and truly original work.
Trailer by Zack Hall.