Jean-Marie Teno was born in 1954, in Famleng in the Cameroon and has been living since 1977 in France, where he studied audio-visual communication in Valenciennes. Since 1985 he has been working as a film critic for "Buana Magazine" and as a television editor. For his second short film "Hommage" (1987) he won the short-film award of the "Festival Vues d´Afriques" in Montréal. His first and only full-length feature film "Clando" was nominated in the same year for the category "best film" at the international festival of French-speaking films in Namur. He belongs to the generation of "young" African filmmakers of the 90s. With committed short, documentary and feature films, he wants to open the eyes of Africans and Europeans to colonialism, neo-colonialism, migration, dictatorship and the abuse of power in Africa.