Cyrielle Raingou

2018 Fellow from Cameroon

Cyrielle Raingou is a Cameroonian filmmaker passionate about promoting African cultural identity on an international scale. Cyrielle aims to popularize women's rights through cinema. In 2014, she founded RaingouFilms, a film production company, to further this goal. In 2016, she participated in the “Connexions citoyennes'' project launched by CFI, the French Media Cooperation Agency across France, Senegal, Ivory Coast, and Benin. She gained recognition for her Limegbie (the woman's eye) project, which trains rural women to make short documentaries on their life and civic engagement. In 2017, she founded Art au Féminin, a nonprofit organization promoting art made by women. As part of Mandela Washington Fellowship, she studied Civic Engagement at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and shot her short film “Requiem Prologue” in Austin, Texas. The film premiered at the Luxor African Film Festival in 2019. Short films she has directed include: "Challenge," selected for many international film festivals, " Neighbors,” presented in Short Film Corner at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, "The Lamb," which premiered at Docudays UA, and “Parallèle” and “Mother just a smile,” which premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR). She is currently working on her first feature length documentary “Le Spectre de Boko Haram,” focused on life in a war zone from the perspective of children. It will have its world premiere at IFFR in January 2023. Cyrielle Raingou holds masters degrees in law, film production, and documentary film directing.

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