ONE WAY, A TUAREG JOURNEY
Fabio Caramaschi, Italy/Niger, 2010, 52min.
Caramaschi’s inspirational documentary chronicles a separated family’s slow, fractured emigration from Niger to Italy, and the adversity and opportunities they find there.
LEZARE (FOR TODAY)
Zelalem Woldemariam, Ethiopia, 2010, 14min.
Lezare is a revealing and touching story about a homeless boy in a small village in southern Ethiopia. A powerful message, and beautifully shot film, about global warming and shortsightedness.
KONGO: 50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE OF CONGO
Kongo is a documentary series in three episodes that focus on the colonization of the largest country in Central Africa, Congo, whose destiny was out of ordinary. This movie series offers an original and new perspective on that region, drawing on the historiography and using the latest methods of docudrama movie.
Episode 1: THE UNBRIDLED RACE
Samuel Tilman, Belgium, 2010, 52 Min.
Through the eyes of French, Portuguese, Belgian and African pioneers, this introductory episode retraces the first major phases of Congo’s colonial occupation. From the Portuguese arrival in the XVI Century until the XIX Century, at height of King Leopold II’s sovereign kingdom, from the slave trade to the rubber trade, this episode delves into the inner-workings of this bloody conquest, as described by insider witnesses.
Episode 2: THE GREAT ILLUSION
Daniel Cattier, Belgium, 2010, 52 min.
In 1908, under sharp criticism, Leopold II reluctantly cedes the Congolese Independent State to Belgium. Over the course of the next fifty years, both colonists and indigenes, each on opposite sides, build the Congolese “nation”. This second episode examines both European and African historical figures, sometimes unknown, that shaped history through their ideas and actions. Each figure tells his or her experience of the events that shaped a significant chapter of the 20th Century history.
Episode 3: THE FAILED GIANT
Jean-François Bastin and Isabelle Christiaens, Belgium, 2010, 52 min.
Patrick Emery Lumumba, Congo’s first prime minister, was assassinated during the turbulent times of the independence movement. He is the voice of this third episode. This ephemeral yet immortal hero passionately tells the story of his country’s history from 1960 until 2010, from Joseph Kasa-Vubu to the United Nations at the Monuc. This last episode describes the challenges of building a nation upon the rubble left behind by colonial alienation.
Claus Wischmann & Martin Baer, 2010,DRC/Germany, 95min.
Picture 200 musicians playing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in the Congo! A fascinating look at the lone Congolese symphony orchestra, which has persevered through war and other crises. This powerful film is about the Congo, the people of Kinshasa, and the power of music.
A SCREAMING MAN (UN HOMME QUI CRIE)
Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Chad/France/Belgium, 2010, 88min.
Adam, a former swimming champion, is a pool attendant at a hotel in Chad. When the hotel gets taken over by Chinese owners, he must give up his job to his son. Meanwhile rebel forces are attacking the government and the authorities demand that everyone contribute to the “war effort.”
A TRIP TO ALGIERS (VOYAGE À ALGER)
Abdelkrim Bahloul, Algeria/France, 2010, 97min.
In 1962, a young woman has lost everything during the war for independence in Algeria. A Frenchman who is leaving the country offers her and her six children his former home. An unscrupulous government official is trying to take the home away from her.>