Monique Mbeka Phoba

Originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Monique has lived in France and Belgium and is currently based in Benin. Monique studied International Business at the Free University of Brussels during her undergraduate career and has a Master's degree in commercial sciences. Her thesis drew a comparison of African and European television. During and after her studies, she worked as a freelance journalist for radio and newspapers, specializing in cultural and historical issues, as well as African audiovisual production.

She is the director of six documentaries. Her films have been the recipients of numerous awards, including European Council, FESPACO, and Vue d’Afriques. Phoba has since created Lagunimages TV and Documentary Film Festival. (08/12)

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Girls Around the World


A film by Monique Mbeka Phoba, 1999, 222 min, Color

Produced by Brenda Parkerson, GIRLS AROUND THE WORLD is a collection of six extraordinary documentaries that examine the hopes, dreams and worldviews of a diverse group of 17-year-old girls from across the globe. This multidimensional series provides a critical cross-cultural perspective into the lives of young women, the concerns they share and the difficult decisions…

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