Juarke Boys made Men in Mboum society

The Mboum people have practiced male circumcision for decades. Until the middle of the last century, male circumcision was highly regarded as a period of initiation leading to a man's status.
Every year, children were sent to the bush and during their seclusion, cultural codes and knowledge of the community  are given to them. Nowadays, this mode of knowledge communication has phased out.
Therefore, very often, there are conflicts of generation  between  the older and younger generations especially those who were borned and raised far from their community.
By following a group of five children during their period of initiation, I show in this film how circumcision is practiced in this community. In spite of social changes and external pressures (urbanisation, modernity, HIV issues, etc),
the effort and the will are there to make stable a social order resulting from this practice.

Juarke Boys made Men in Mboum society
by Mohamadou Saliou
Duration: 52 min

Mohamadou Saliou

I'm Mohamadou Saliou, Cameroonian, born in 1974 at Bidzar. Native from Ngaoundere in the Adamawa province, I spent my childhood in the far north of Cameroon where my father worked as a civil servant. From 1978 to 1986, I attended primary school successively in Doukoula and Maga where I got my first degree. In 1987, ten years before his retirement, my father decided to go back to Ngaoundere, my hometown. From 1987 to 1997 I attended the high school where I got my general certificate advance level. To learn more about the history and culture of my community I decided to study history when I reached the university in 1997. In 2000, I got a Bachelor degree in history and a masters degree four years later at the University of Ngaoundere. Since August 2008 I am a master student in Visual Cultural Studies at the University of Tromsø. Juarké: Boys made men in mboum society is my first film.