Global streaming movie giant Netflix continues its efforts to diversify its film offerings by acquiring the rights to “NGANU,” the latest cinematic creation by actor and producer Kang Quintus. This marks the second time that Netflix has acquired one of Quintus’s works, following the success of “The Fisherman’s Diary” in 2021.
“NGANU,” which premiered on April 4, 2021, is an epic and action-packed film described by its producer as a “tornado” and features an ensemble cast of exceptional actors, including Alenne Menget, Musing Daniels, Azah Melvine, and public figures like Nabil Fongod and the late Cabrel Nanjip.
Anticipation Grows as “NGANU” Prepares to Debut on Netflix
“NGANU” is set to make its Netflix debut on November 7, 2023, and it is already highly anticipated by thousands of Cameroonians and movie enthusiasts worldwide,” Quintus said. The filmmaker expressed his elation regarding this milestone and shared valuable insights for fellow producers aspiring to have their films featured on Netflix or compete at the international level.
Quintus conveyed, “For 2 years, they said Netflix wasn’t accepting our movies anymore because of numbers. Some, who had no knowledge about film distribution, even talked about the lack of subscriptions from Cameroon. My dear colleagues and upcoming filmmakers, a good movie and/or a good story has no limitations. A good movie is not limited to a particular country… If your story is universally appealing, the story is artistically told, and the movie passes quality control, NETFLIX WILL BUY IT… Just FOLLOW the Netflix quality control requirements from the beginning: type of camera, shooting format, storytelling, production design, sound recording specs, to post-production: Editing, Sound mixing & mastering, close captioning… WE HAVE THE STORIES; LET’S DO IT RIGHT AND SATURATE NETFLIX.”
Cameroonian Cinema on the Rise with Netflix
The addition of “NGANU” to Netflix’s library is a significant milestone for Cameroonian cinema, making it the fifth Cameroonian film to be acquired by the streaming platform. Other Cameroonian films in Netflix’s lineup include “Therapy,” “A Man for the Weekend,” “Broken,” and “The Fisherman’s Diary,” all of which were successfully aired in 2021.
However, Cameroonian filmmakers have faced challenges in securing their films on the international stage. Alenne Menget, a prominent actor, expressed concern over Netflix’s delay in acquiring more Cameroonian films. He attributed this issue to disunity and internal conflicts within the country’s movie industry, which have hindered progress and discouraged potential investors from supporting the burgeoning Cameroonian film industry.
For years, the Cameroonian film industry has grappled with low-quality production and a lack of a unified industry name, leaving many puzzled over whether to call it “CamyWood” or “CollyWood,” among at least nine other names.
The acquisition of “NGANU” by Netflix presents a unique opportunity for Cameroonian film producers to band together, foster unity within the industry, and propel Cameroonian movies onto the international stage. It signifies a chance for Cameroonian cinema to shine on the global scene, with the hope of building a cohesive and thriving film industry that can stand shoulder to shoulder with other African film markets.