Kinshasa Makambo

Kinshasa Makambo
Director: Dieudo Hamadi

Democratic Republic of Congo, France, Switzerland, Germany, Norway, 2018, documentary, 75 mins., English with English and Lithuanian subtitles, N-16

Christian, Ben and Jean-Marie are fighting for political change of power and free elections in their country, the Democratic Republic of the Congo. But the incumbent President refuses to relinquish power. How can the course of events be changed? Must they join forces with the historical oopposition leader and his powerful party? Is dialogue still possible or must they resign themselves to a popular uprising and the risk of a blood bath? Kinshasa Makambo immerses us in the combat in Central Africa these three activists are engaged in, a combat that neither bullets, nor prison, nor exile seem able to stop.

About the director

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. He is author of two short documentaries Ladies In Waiting and Zero Tolerance that 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 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 Colonel was 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.

Section: Wide Angle

Screenplay: Dieudo Hamadi

Dir. of Photography: Dieudo Hamadi

Music: Philippe Ciompi

Producer: Quentin Laurent, Frédéric Féraud, Dieudo Hamadi