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POV: Chez Jolie Coiffure

Airs Monday, Aug. 3, 2020 at 11 p.m. on KPBS TV + Thursday, Aug. 6 at 7 a.m. on KPBS 2 + PBS Video App

Sabine is a charismatic, larger-than-life personality crammed into a tiny sho...

Credit: Courtesy of Rosine Mbakam

Above: Sabine is a charismatic, larger-than-life personality crammed into a tiny shop in the immigrant Brussels district of Matonge.

A vérité look at the critical role of hair salons in an African immigrant community

POV presents "Chez Jolie Coiffure"

Meet Sabine, a charismatic, larger-than-life personality crammed into a tiny shop in the immigrant Brussels district of Matonge. Here, she and her employees style extensions and glue on lashes while sharing rumors about government programs to legalize migrants and talking about life back home in Cameroon.

Trailer | Chez Jolie Coiffure

In this captivating documentary filmed in a single tiny room, viewers step inside an underground hair salon with its charismatic proprietor, a Cameroonian immigrant named Sabine. Here, she and her employees style extensions and glue on lashes while watching soaps, dishing romantic advice, sharing rumors about government programs to legalize migrants, and talking about life back home in Cameroon.

"Meet the filmmaker reinventing how African women are portrayed in movies. [In Chez Jolie Coiffure, director Rosine Mbakam] captures the way in which this salon provides a safe space of community and support for African migrant women, while also revealing the struggles their community faces."National Public Radio (NPR)

Chez Jolie Coiffure: Belgian immigration policy

Sabine and her friend debate the latest rumors of Belgian immigration policy.

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Credits:

Director/Producer: Rosine Mbakam.

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