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Downstream to Kinshasa

En route pour le milliard
Dieudo Hamadi
International Competition 2020
Documentary Film
Belgium,
DR Congo,
France
2020
90 minutes
Lingala,
Swahili
subtitles: 
English

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Dieudo Hamadi
Quentin Laurent
Frédéric Féraud
Dieudo Hamadi
Aurelien Bodinaux
Stephan Riguet
Stephan Riguet
Stephan Riguet
Dieudo Hamadi
Hélène Ballis
Catherine Catella
Sylvain Aketi
Dieudo Hamadi
Les Zombies de Kisangani

In the summer of 2000 Ugandan and Rwandan troops fought a devastating battle in Kisangani. The International Court of Justice sentenced Uganda to pay one billion U.S. dollars to the civilian victims. After almost twenty years of waiting in vain, some of them set out for Kinshasa to enforce their legal claim. The physical and theatrical power of their mission both drives and radiates from this film.

Dieudo Hamadi has given the women and men he is about to follow down the Congo a visually confident and assured exposition. Gathered on an inky black stage, they look at us and sing: of blood spilled, of money forgotten. Then the march of the maimed sets itself in motion, on crutches, with prostheses, past the nearby pits of the dead and out into the country. Every metre covered is an act of rebellion. When the procession of beggars, who rightly won’t tolerate this designation, finally climbs the stairs of the National Parliament, iconic scenes of Soviet revolutionary cinema seem to shine through. But the crowd that is moving here is different. Its individual bodies push back with all their weight both against the casual shrug of the shoulders of political routine and the carelessly rounded calculations of loss and equivalent value of the arithmetic of war.
Sylvia Görke
Nominated for FIPRESCI Prize, Prize of the Interreligious Jury
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Redistribution and Having a Say
Rural vs. Urban
Small Worlds, Big People
State of the World
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Re-Visions 2020
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Machini Frank Mukunday, Trésor Tshibangu Tshamala
In the Congo, the people and the environment are suffering from the consequences of cobalt and lithium mining. How do those live who work in the dirt to provide our “clean” energy?
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Machini

Machini
Frank Mukunday, Trésor Tshibangu Tshamala
Re-Visions 2020
Animated Film
DR Congo,
Belgium
2019
10 minutes
French
subtitles: 
English

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Frank Mukunday
Trésor Tshibangu Tshamala
Ellen Meiresonne
Rosa Spaliviero
Maïlis Fourie
Frank Mukunday
Trésor Tshibangu Tshamala
Frank Mukunday
Trésor Tshibangu Tshamala
Frank Mukunday
Trésor Tshibangu Tshamala
Frank Mukunday
Caroline Nugues-Bourchat
David Douglas Masamuna
Francesco Nchikala
Atelier Graphoui

Electromobility is a great promise of the future. The Democratic Republic of the Congo with its vast cobalt and lithium deposits supplies two of the essential building blocks for the necessary batteries. “Machini” focuses on the lives of those who bear the brunt of the exploitation of such dirty raw materials for our “clean” energy.

Ralph Eue
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Intervening Nature
State of the World