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Machini Frank Mukunday, Trésor Tshibangu Tshamala

This homage to the Congolese city of Lubumbashi unfurls to become a critical journey, revealing fatal correlations of the global economy. We in the North play a certain role, too.

Machini

Animated Film
2019
10 minutes
subtitles: 
English
German
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Rosa Spaliviero, Ellen Meiresonne
Frank Mukunday, Trésor Tshibangu Tshamala
Francesco Nchikala
Frank Mukunday, Trésor Tshibangu Tshamala
Caroline Nugues-Bourchat, Frank Mukunday
Frank Mukunday, Trésor Tshibangu Tshamala
Frank Mukunday, Trésor Tshibangu Tshamala
David Douglas Masamuna
Einst verzauberten afrikanische Klänge den Alltag am Flussufer. Die Hommage von Frank Mukunday und Trésor Tshibangu Tshamala an ihre Stadt Lubumbashi entfaltet sich zu einer kritischen Reise und offenbart die fatalen Zusammenhänge der Weltökonomie. Auch wir im Norden spielen eine gewisse Rolle, wie die Schlusspointe aufrüttelnd anprangert. Mit recycelten rostigen Materialien, Steinen und Kreide positioniert sich das kongeniale Duo und widersetzt sich dem „Schwarzmarkt der Geschichte“ inhaltlich wie formal.

Nadja Rademacher

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Animated Africa
Black Soul – Memories of Colonisation Armel Pululu

After many years as a colonist in Africa, Mr. Van Hansen returns to Europe. But he suffers from recurring nightmares: he is haunted by the ghost of the medicine man whom he diddled out of his cult objects.

Black Soul – Memories of Colonisation

Animated Film
2014
11 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Jean Michel Kibushi Ndjate Wooto, Studio Malemba Maa
Armel Pululu
Moussa Thiam, Manuel Labra
Armel Pululu
Armel Pululu
Sabri Meddeb, Christoph Blitz, Richard Mbembi, Didier Diawa
Kazadi Okito, Evelyne Okito, Ghislain Kikongi, Romain Ndomba
After many years as a colonist in Africa, Mr. Van Hansen returns to Europe. But he suffers from recurring nightmares: he is haunted by the ghost of the medicine man whom he diddled out of his cult objects … A critical look at Belgian colonialism and the robbery of Congolese art by the colonists.

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Animated Africa
Impokotoyi Bombolo Wathou Hénok

Ndoko, a hard-headed little girl, has disobeyed her mother once again. Then she learns that her baby brother has been abducted by a cannibal monster. Ndoko leaves to save the poor thing.

Impokotoyi

Animated Film
2013
9 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Jean Michel Kibushi Ndjate Wooto, Studio Malemba Maa
Bombolo Wathou Hénok
Moussa Thiam, Manuel Labra
Bombolo Wathou Hénok
Alain Serge Noa, Bombolo Wathou Hénok
Sabri Meddeb, Christophe Blitz, Richard Mbembi, Didier Diawa
Ndoko, a hard-headed little girl, has disobeyed her mother once again. Then she learns that her baby brother has been abducted by a cannibal monster. Ndoko leaves to save the poor thing … An ethical story set in a pre-colonial Africa.

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Animated Africa
It's Urgent! Armel Pululu

What are the consequences of a combination of uncivil behaviour and the poor condition of the roads for emergency medical treatments? A heroic ambulance tries to find an answer to that question.

It's Urgent!

Animated Film
2013
5 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Jean Michel Kibushi Ndjate Wooto, Studio Malemba Maa
Armel Pululu
Moussa Thiam, Manel Labra
Armel Pululu
Alain Serge Noa, Armel Pululu
Sabri Meddeb, Christophe Blitz, Richard Mbembi, Didier Diawa
What are the consequences of a combination of uncivil behaviour and the poor condition of the roads for emergency medical treatments? A heroic ambulance tries to find an answer to that question. A film about the absence of police in the streets of Kinshasa.

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Animated Africa
Kukinga Frank Mukunday, Tétshim

The exceptional struggle of a mother fighting to preserve and protect her newborn baby. She will have to brave dangers of all kinds summoned by nature and evil spirits.

Kukinga

Animated Film
2015
8 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Institut Français de Lumumbashi
Frank Mukunday, Tétshim
Frank Mukunday
Tétshim
Frank Mukunday, Douglas Masamuna, Tétshim
The exceptional struggle of a mother fighting to preserve and protect her newborn baby. She will have to brave dangers of all kinds summoned by nature and evil spirits. This film by two new talents from Congo was produced with next to no budget.

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Animated Africa
Under the Belt Pitshou Botulu

Everyone has their own typical walk. Through the eyes of a small shoeshine boy we see people passing by and future clients showing off their footgear.

Under the Belt

Animated Film
2013
4 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Jean Michel Kibushi Ndjate Wooto, Studio Malemba Maa
Pitshou Botulu
Moussa Thiam, Manuel Labra
Oitshou Botulu
Alain Serge Noa
Sabri Meddeb, Christophe Blitz, Richard Mbembi, Didier Diawa
Everyone has their own typical walk. Through the eyes of a small shoeshine boy we see people passing by and future clients showing off their footgear.

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

National Diploma

Documentary Film
2014
92 minutes
subtitles: 
English
French
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Marie Balducchi
Dieudo Hamadi
Dieudo Hamadi
Rodolphe Molla
Dieudo Hamadi
Dieudo Hamadi
“Lord, give me a diploma!” are the not so silent prayers of Congolese high school students just before their final exams. Instead of the Mercedes Benz of Janis Joplin’s American version a graduation diploma is considered to be the key to happiness. Getting it, however, is nothing short of a miracle, because the school system is part of the institutionalised corruption: if you can’t pay the “teachers’ fee”, you’re expelled.
A group of students in Kisangani, however, refuse to put up with this any longer – among them Joël, who can’t scrape the necessary money together even though he works hard every day carrying crates on the market. They take the initiative and move into an empty house to prepare for the exams, self-organised and with the aid of “little tricks”. They have two months left, two months in which they will live, discuss, pray and sing together.
Dieudo Hamadi manages to be always at the centre of things with his camera and to show the group’s dynamics from inside. His tale of the fragile democracy in the Congo is told not with resignation but with a touch of utopia that makes real democratic participation seem possible – and with an explosive finale. You’ve never seen a real graduation party until you’ve seen this film, though he doesn’t conceal either that the students don’t escape the logic of the system after all.
Lars Meyer

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.