Elephant People: An African Secret Society and Globalization

27 min - Cameroon Lyombe Eko

The filmmaker made a pilgrimage into the inner core of the Bakweir "Mahle" secret society in Cameroon, which he describes as "the most enduring aspect of the Whakpe culture" which survived 125 years of colonial and missionary effort to stamp it out. The film focuses on role of the secret society as a symbol of how the Bakweri strive a balance between their culture, religion (Christianity) and the influence of modernity.