Yves' Promise in Cameroon

We had the great pleasure to present “Yves’ Promise” at the Yarha Festival at Cameroons capital Yaoundé. With this trip director Melanie Gärtner brought the film back to his country of origin. At her side: two Cameroonian protagonists, Yves’ sister Annie and his best friendSylvain, as well as the members of the Cameroonian teams Roméo Zaf and Roger Mboupda, who came a long way to the capital to attend the screenings.

Partner: German Documentaries and Goethe-Institut Kamerun. Many thanks to Bärbel Mauch and Raphael Mouchangou.

Impressions of the screenings here on facebook.

Yves is sitting lonely on a bench in Bilbao

Catalogue of German Documentaries

Now online: Check the new website with catalogue of German Documentaries with “Yves’ Promise”:

Yves' Promise in German cinemas

We are happy and proud to present you our docuementary on screen: from january 2019 on our documentary “Yves’ Promise” will be screened in German cinemas. And who is doing this? Our wonderful distributors from JIP Film und Verleih. We’re looking forward to this cooperation and to welcome you in cinema.

World Premiere in Amsterdam

It’s amazing. We’re happy and proud to announce, that our documentary “Yves’ Promise” has been selected for the First Appearance Competition of the International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam, IDFA 2017. It’ll be the first time to present our film to an international audience. Feel invited to join our WOLRD PREMIERE and keep fingers crossed for the competition.

Yves’ Promise (World Premiere)
Thu 16 November – 19.45 – 21.20
Munt 13

Industry & Press screening: Yves’ Promise
Fri 17 November — 18:30 – 19:50
Munt 12

Yves’ Promise
Sat 18 November — 17:30 – 19:07
Tuschinski 4

Yves’ Promise
Mon 20 November — 17:30 – 19:07
Munt 13

Yves’ Promise
Sun 26 November — 14:00 – 15:22
Podium Mozaïek

Get your tickets here: https://www.idfa.nl/en/film/38d8f8a4-196f-488c-9d44-9d60b436fdd6/yves-promise


Team Premiere

Team premiere of Yves’ Promise in Frankfurt: amongst friends and companions we celebrated the finilization of our documentary YVES’ PROMISE. Luckily, Yves, the protagonist, could be with us and made the day unforgetable. An event of emotions.

Upper line, left to right: Mirja Gerle (editing), Sebastian Popp (producer), Robert Malzahn (producer), Christine Niehoff (editing); lower line left to right Melanie Gärtner (director), Yves Matou (protagonist), Pola Sell (cinematography)

Sound Editing in the studio


Setting the tone: two days of sound at Herold Studios in Frankfurt. Thanks to Bernhard Leimbrock and Max Wanko.

Title tune

Analog meets digital: to create our title tune we are happy to welcome the artists Siriki Coulibaly (Burkina Faso, today Collogne) and Ludwig Kuckartz (Germany, Collogne) in our team. Siriki improvised with the balafon, and Ludwig worked on these sounds and produced an impressive digital carpet of sounds. The result: amazing. and a real german- burkinian Coproduction. Thanks, Siriki and Ludwig.