Archive of films Makala / Makala
2017, 96 min
Congo. A villager named Kabwita dreams of a better future for himself and his family. His greatest, his only hope is the strength of his arms and his indomitable will. This documentary-inflected movie, which pulls the viewer into the everyday life of a simple person, was awarded the main prize during Cannes’ Critics’ Week.
Congo. A villager named Kabwita dreams of a better future for himself, his wife, and his little girls. His greatest, his only hope is the strength of his arms and his indomitable will. He decides to take an exhausting journey to a town 50 kilometers away to try to sell the fruit of his labor. He begins to truly understand the value of hard work and the price he must pay to accomplish his dreams. The talented director takes advantage of his experience in documentaries, drawing the viewer into the everyday life of a simple person. The vivid camerawork tightly following the main character introduces a physically intense feeling of the experience as it is lived. Made with nonprofessional actors and inspired by Kabwita’s actual situation, this unobtrusive yet powerful film was awarded the main prize during Cannes’ Critics’ Week.
About the director
Emmanuel Gras (b. 1976, Cannes, France) is a French cameraman and director. He studied camerawork at Louis Lumière College in Paris. Professionally, he started out as a documentary DOP but soon began to work on his own projects. In his movies he emphasizes the visual component of films that take up current social issues. He has made a number of short films and documentaries: the docs Bovines (2011, César nomination for Best Documentary) and 300 Souls (300 hommes, 2014, co-dir. Aline Dalbis) and the shorts La motivation! (2002), Une petite note d´humanité (2003), Tweety Lovely Superstar (2005), Soudain ses mains (2008), and Être vivant (2013).
About the film
|Dir. of Photography:||Emmanuel Gras|
|Cast:||Kabwita Kasongo, Lydie Kasongo|
|Sales:||Les Films du Losange|