2016 / 37 minutes

Directed by
Trond Waage
Country of production
Norway Cameroon

January 2015. Boko Haram’s violent insurgency is approaching Mogdé, on the Nigerian/Cameroonian border, where Antoniette lives. Just outside Oslo, Norway, lives her son Vakote, worried and afraid for his family and friends back home. This film follows Antoniette and Vakote over a period of 6 months, whilst extremely violent events take place and Antoniette’s youngest son disappears. Through a close portrait of a mother and her son, we gain a new insight into how Boko Haram is seen from ‘below’. The making of this film was possible only due to long-lasting collaboration between visual anthropologists in northern Norway and northern Cameroon.

Read an interview with the director: https://raifilm.org.uk/love-loss-across-borders/

In the 2017 RAI Film Fest Special Interest
Language and subtitles
Kapsiki French Fulani/Fulfulde and Norwegian with English Subtitles
Location(s) depicted
Kolbotn Oslo (Norway) Mogode Ngaoundere (Cameroon)
West Africa Scandinavia
Religion / Belief / Faith Social Conflict War / Conflict / Reconciliation Migration