The Prison Promise

La promesse du bagne

Detyr and Adele exchanged the promise while they were still in prison of making their life together. Now established in a village, their desire to marry faces family oppositions...

SA Premiere



Joseph Ndjom


Cameroon | France



Running Time:

55 min


Basa | French

Détyr and Adéle were in prison serving time for different crimes when they met and fell in love. Now released and reunited with Détyr’s family in Cameroon’s rural countryside, they are finding their way back into society, working through the challenges that lie in wait. It is important to both Détyr and Adéle to make their union official and so director Joseph Dégramon Ndjom’s quietly effective film follows the couple as they go about negotiating their traditional wedding rites through both extended families. Prison Promise offers a portrait of love and community as Détyr and Adéle navigate their reintegration into normal society. The film highlights the role of the family and of community in rehabilitating people who have had challenges with the law.