Congo / France / Switzerland / Germany / Qatar / Norway 2018, 75 min, Lingala, Hebrew & English subtitles
There’s more than just Makambo (a headache) lurking in Kinshasa’s streets. Even after his term in office has ended, President of Congo Joseph Kabila fights tooth and nail to keep his power, and the young people who protest against his regime are met with tear gas, physical force and live rounds. In the endless crowd, three activists try to find the right way to fight. Each has his own heavy cross to bear: Ben returns to Congo illegally after a long exile in the U.S.; Jean-Marie just got out of prison, where he spent a term in harsh conditions for his political activities; Christian is convinced that non-violent resistance will lead them nowhere. Their ideological arguments push them apart, and director Dieudo Hamadi follows them closely through the heart of the raging storm.
Previous Festivals:Berlinale, True / False, Cinema Du Reel, Hot Docs
Production: Dieudo Hamadi, Frédéric Féraud, Quentin Laurent
Editing: Hélène Ballis
Dieudo Hamadi was born in Kisangani (Democratic Republic of the Congo) in 1984 and studied Medicine in 2005-2008. He then attended several documentary workshops. In 2013, with Atalaku, his first feature documentary about the 2011 election campaign in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, he won the Joris Ivens award for best first film, presented by Marceline Loridan (Cinema du Réel), Best Foreign Film at the San Diego Black Film Festival (USA), the Jury Prize at FIDADOC (Agadir, Morocco) and 3 other awards. In 2014, National Diploma receives both the International Prize of the SCAM and the Potemkin award at Cinéma du Réel (France), is selected at TIFF (Toronto). In 2017, Mama Colonelwas selected at the Berlinale Forum where it won two awards, then nearly 80 festivals worldwide, 15 awards including the Grand Prize of the Cinéma du Réel 2017