Sunday, October 14th
*Special off-site screening*
PEP People's Forum
320 West 37th Street
OPENING NIGHT SCREENING + PANEL
Dir. Dieudo Hamadi
Documentary, 2018, 75 Min.
Lingala & French, w/ English subtitles
In January 2015, Congo erupted in demonstrations when President Joseph Kabila sought a constitutional amendment to extend his leadership for a third term. Kinshasa Makambo documents this tenuous moment, still unfolding in current politics, through the stories of three members of the resistance. There is Ben, who lives in exile in New York, follows the advice of his countrymen and returns to Congo to join the struggle; Jean Marie, who has just been released from prison, and continues to speak out despite threats from the secret service; and Christian, who fights in the streets of Kinshasa, even after the death of opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi dashes hopes for a viable candidate.
Should one resist in exile, or fight on the ground in the Congo? Should resistance be non-violent or should force be used if required? Filmed with a handheld camera that stays very close to the protagonists, even in precarious conditions, Dieudo Hamadi explores these questions, capturing a critical moment in the future of Congo.
Followed by panel discussion w/ special guests and Opening Night Reception
Dieudo Hamadi was born in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo, in 1984 and studied Medicine from 2005-2008. He then attended several documentary workshops. His first films were two short documentaries, "Ladies In Waiting" and "Zero Tolerance," which caught the attention of several festivals in Europe (Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam) and Canada (Toronto). "Ladies In Waiting" received the Pierre and Yolande Perrault scholarship at Cinema du Réel (Paris) in 2009. In 2013, with "Atalaku," his first feature documentary about the 2011 election campaign in 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). In 2014, his second feature-length documentary, "National Diploma," received both the International Prize at SCAM and the Potemkin Award at Cinéma du Réel (France), and was an official selection of the Toronto International Film Festival. In 2017, his last film, "Mama Colonel," was selected for the Berlinale Forum where it won two awards, before screening at nearly 80 festivals worldwide, and winning 15 awards including the Grand Prize from Cinéma du Réel 2017.