‘The Bronze Men of Cameroon’ – Screening and Q&A with Florence Ayisi

Wednesday 27 October 2021

Join us at our Cardiff Campus for a screening of Professor Florence Ayisi’s award-winning film, ‘The Bronze Men of Cameroon’. Followed by a Q&A , hosted by Dr Palash Kamruzzaman.


AtriumTheare (CAB004)

Wednesday 27th October 2021

5.30pm – 8pm

Tickets are free but limited, so please book in advance.

If you have any questions for Professor Florence Ayisi in advance of the screening, please email them to laura.kendrick@southwales.ac.uk.

Important Information

Masks are mandatory (unless exempt) and we ask that you adhere to 2 metre social distancing inside the building.

Please also use the hand sanitiser available when you enter or exit our buildings and regularly wash or sanitise your hands.

Please do not attend the event if you are showing any symptoms which could be attributed to Covid-19.


The Bronze Men of Cameroon’ is an intimate portrait of a community of bronze artisans in Foumban, the ‘City of Arts’. Bronze casting is a valued cultural heritage of the Bamum People in the Western Region of Cameroon. This film presents bronze craftsmen at work. It presents rare insights into their expertise in producing unique bronze sculptures that are inscribed with symbolic images and narratives of collective memory, identity and the Bamum character.

The Bronze Men of Cameroon’ is also about threats to cultural continuity as global trends negatively impact on indigenous practices. Bamum bronze casting is endangered! The bronze craftsmen are facing challenges in sustaining and safeguarding their unique cultural heritage that has formed their collective social memory. The raw materials for their cherished traditional art practice are scare. The artists are facing competition from Chinese migrants who are buying the materials in large quantities and exporting to their country. Bronze casting activities are slowly declining. The foundries are closing down! Some bronze Artists are turning to farming and other trades. The artisans are fearful and uncertain “whether in the future Bamum’s bronze art could disappear” and, with it, a tradition and their sense of belonging that has defined their identity, culture, and history for several generations. Are these the last generation of bronze craftsmen in the Bamum Kingdom?