The Mokele-Mbembe Hypothesis, by Marie Voignier (2011)

South-eastern Cameroon, a man has wandered the jungle and the muddy banks of rivers for several years looking for an animal unknown to zoology: the Mokele-Mbembe. Pygmies met by the explorer during his travels describe the animal as a kind of rhinoceros with crocodile tail and snake head. Some say they have already met it near the river. Is it a real animal or a mythical creature? The explorer has long been convinced of the existence of this beast. He takes us on a relentless quest to find traces of the animal in a universe where likelihood get confused with legend, bringing us back to the roots of belief and fiction.




  • FID Marseille (France) 2011
  • Premiers Plans Ateliers (France) 2011
  • Bandits-Mage (France) 2011
  • Corsica.doc (France) 2011
  • Entrevues Blefort (France) 2011
  • Rotterdam IFF (Netherlands) 2012
  • Doc Lisboa (Portugal) 2012
  • Internationales Frauenfilmfestival Dortmund (Germany) 2012
  • Beursschouwburg art center (Belgium) 2013
  • Fantasia FF (Canada) 2012
  • Documenta Madrid (Spain) 2012
  • Zinebi FF (Spain) 2012
  • Etnia IFF (Finlande) 2012
  • Hors Pistes (France) 2012
  • FIFE – Festival International du Film d’Environnement (France) 2012
  • Vidéo les Beaux Jours Film Festival (France) 2012
  • Escales Documentaires de Libreville (Gabon) 2012
  • Discovery Zone FF (Luxemburg) 2012


  • Original Title: L’Hypothèse du Mokélé-Mbembé
  • Writter and director: Marie Voignier
  • Production: Capricci Films
  • Co-production: L’âge d’or & L’espace croisé
  • Photography: Marie Voignier
  • Editing: Marie Voignier
  • Sound: Thomas Fourel
  • Assistant director: Stefanie Baumann
  • Duration: 78 min
  • Year: 2011
  • Country: France
  • Original version: French
  • Available subtitles: English
  • Screening formats: DCP, Blu-Ray
  • Image: 1:77.1 HD 16/9
  • Sound: 5.1
  • International Sales: Capricci Films
  • Available territories: All except Threatical Rights in France