Living with Boko Haram

© Waage
37 minutes / Colour / 2016
Directed by
Trond Waage

Anthropologist Trond Waage Mouzamou Ahamadou

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:

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)

Region West Africa Scandinavia

Country Cameroon Norway

Keywords Religion / Belief / Faith Social Conflict War / Conflict / Reconciliation Migration