Rosine Mbakam grew up in Yaoundé in a neighbourhood that nourished her imagination as a filmmaker. After working for three years at STV in Douala as a director and producer, she began studies at the Belgian film school INSAS. Her graduation film, You Will Be My Ally, won great praise. To maintain her independence, she founded the production company Tândor Productions and directed four feature-length documentaries that were selected for significant film festivals around the world. The New Yorker defined Mbakam as “an original filmmaker of exceptional sensitivity; one of the greatest documentary filmmakers working today.” Mambar Pierrette, her first feature film, was selected for the Directors’ Fortnight at the Festival de Cannes in 2023.