The Resource Alex's Wedding

Alex's Wedding

Label
Alex's Wedding
Title
Alex's Wedding
Contributor
Filmmaker
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Chronicle of a rather particular afternoon during which the lives of three people change dramatically: Alex, the husband, goes to his in-laws' to bring home his second wife. Elise, Alex's childhood sweetheart and first wife, accompanies him-as she must, according to tradition. And Josephine, the young bride, leaves her parents to begin a new life. Pressed into service by a neighbor, Jean-Marie Teno turns what might have been a typical wedding video into a subtle and intimate portrait of polygamy in contemporary Cameroon. Filming the celebration in great cultural detail, Teno is also implicated in the interpersonal drama of the welcoming of the second wife into an already established household. Members of Alex's family and his friends sing songs about the harmony that the new wife, Josephine, will bring, but the silence of Elise, the first wife, and the tears of Josephine herself, force spectators to imagine how Alex and his wives will negotiate the new arrangements. I was concerned about respecting people's choices and didn't want to be accusatory. I positioned myself as an observer, capturing the reality of the event--the official speeches and traditional rituals, as well as the unspoken pain that was palpable throughout the evening. The film presents a ceremony ostensibly in celebration of love, but during which duty and submission were the preferred words. --Jean-Marie Teno Those in attendance speak directly to the camera, congratulating the newlyweds and later describing their attitudes toward polygamy. Alex's friends defend the practice as, alternately, an expression of cultural rights, as tacit resistance to European mores, or as the result of man's nature. Elise, Alex's first wife refuses to speak to Teno, who wants to give her a chance to express the pain she clearly feels. While the men assert that god gave man a sword sharpened on both sides to use, Elise sardonically agrees that yes, and he must then cut down everything in his path and lose no time doing so. Teno's quiet presence gradually reveals the complex set of expectations in which each of the players is caught, including the filmmaker. Though the viewer understands Teno's position on the matter, his personal voice adds moral force to his sensitively-delivered critique of polygamy. Alex's Wedding, accomplished with respectful camerawork and an evenhanded treatment of all involved, is a moving call to debate
Cataloging source
VDU
Characteristic
videorecording
Date time place
Originally produced by Jean-Marie Teno Productions in 2002
Language note
In French, Bandjoun
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Teno, Jean-Marie
  • Kanopy (Firm)
Runtime
45
Technique
live action
Label
Alex's Wedding
Link
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • In Process Record
  • Title from title frames
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 46 minutes)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Medium for sound
other
Other physical details
digital, .flv file, sound
Publisher number
1158811
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
sound
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)945762619
  • (CaSfKAN)kan1158811
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web
Video recording format
other
Label
Alex's Wedding
Link
Publication
Note
  • In Process Record
  • Title from title frames
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (1 video file, approximately 46 minutes)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Medium for sound
other
Other physical details
digital, .flv file, sound
Publisher number
1158811
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
sound
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)945762619
  • (CaSfKAN)kan1158811
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web
Video recording format
other

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