Les Brumes du Manengouba
Guillaume de Ginestel
2007 - 52 min - HDV 16/9 - Couleur - France

The African continent still contains numerous unexplored regions. Recently, one of these lost worlds was discovered in Cameroon, by a British researcher from the Kew Royal Botanical Gardens. At the foot of a volcano, Martin Cheek discovered a dense tropical forest, miraculously preserved and full of endemic plant species. In only a few expeditions, his team man-aged to inventory over two hundred previously unknown plant species, including orchids, types of coffee plants, and fig trees.
Their discoveries attracted the attention of other NGO’s, including CRES, an organization dedicated to the preservation of endangered animal species. Upon exploring this region, CRES members discovered that it constituted one of the rare sanctuaries where large, silver-faced monkeys called Drills, the cousins of the Mandrill, still live. In 1996, the Drill was designated by the IUCN as the African species most in need of protection.
Following the steps of the botanist, Martin Cheek, and the primatologist, Bethan Morgan, we explore the enchanting region that surrounds Mount Manengouba – a volcano that has stood dormant for millennia. There, we discover its incredible floral and faunal richness as well as landscapes straight out of an Arthur Conan Doyle novel. We also encounter the Bakossis, a native tribe which believes that each tree of the forest houses the spirit of one of its ancestors, and which fights tirelessly to preserve its region from the increasingly numerous attacks of deforestation.

Author-Director : Guillaume de Ginestel
Delegate Producer : French Connection Films
Broadcasting Co-producer : RFO
Broadcasting Co-producer : STV Cameroun
Broadcasting Pre-purchase : TV5 Monde
Contribution : CNC, Procirep, Ministère des Affaires étrangères, Commission européenne


Distributor : France Télévisions
Disponible au Club du doc


2009 - Festival International Audiovisuel de la Biodiversité, Rome (Italie) : Sélection
2008 - ECO Festival, Ohrid (Macédoine) : Prix de la meilleure photographie
2008 - Festival International du film d'environnement (FIFEN), Niamey (Niger) : Girafe d'argent
2008 - Festival du Film Écologique TUR, Ostrava (République Tchèque) : Prix Moravian Silesian
2008 - Festival International du Film de l'Environnement, Paris (France) : Sélection