The documentary lays bare both the “humiliation” experienced by Anglophone Cameroonians as they shuttled back and forth to French-speaking regions to access the internet and communicate with clients. But it also showcases the moments of defiance and the counterproductive nature of the policy.

As covered by Quartz before, the blackout pushed techies to create an “internet refugee camp,” inspired an SMS car-tracking app, and didn’t stop 17-year-old Nji Collins Gbah from emerging winner at the Google Code-in competition. Local and global digital rights advocates also came together, launching global campaigns to stop the disruption besides filing legal cases against the government for violating its citizen’s rights.

Throughout the documentary, as authorities profess the threats and harm posed by the internet, citizens in the two regions reaffirm its importance not just for economic growth but also helping plug the information void during turbulent times. “To live without the internet is like no life,” says Binfon Edwin, an entrepreneur in Kumbo city in the Northwest.

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