Also Known As: Petna Cherie Ndaliko Katondolo / Petna Cherie Ndaliko / Petna Katondolo
Biography: Petna Ndaliko Katondolo is an internationally acclaimed filmmaker and activist whose cinematic style combines rhythm, image, and social critique with digital innovation to challenge traditional narrative structures. His films skirt the boundary of fiction and reality and provoke reflection on post-colonial African realities. Born in 1974 in Goma, Petna Ndaliko Katondolo graduated in stage direction from the Experimental, Cultural and Ecological Workshop in Tchimba. In 1994 he wrote his first play Victims of War exploring the memory of the survivors of the genocide in Rwanda. In 1997, war forced him to flee and he ended up in a refugee camp in Kampala. There he founded the cultural centre Yole! Africa in 2000 and resumed his work in the theatre and film. His work as a documentary filmmaker got gradually noticed: Wakimbizi (Refugees – 2002) and Lamokowang (Calabash – 2004) which were selected to festivals in New Delhi, Amiens and Zanzibar allowed him to initiate international collaborations in Nairobi, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brussels including Digital 01 (2004) and Threatened Fate (2005). In 2005 he reestablished Yole! Africa as a new cultural centre in Goma, offering training in film, theatre, dance, painting and music as well as developing community and advocacy work on themes such as HIV/AIDS, Human and civil rights. Petna Ndaliko Katondolo is also the initiator of the Salaam Kivu International Film Festival (SKIFF).
Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Jazz Mama (2011).
True Story (Date unknown);
Intervention rapide (Date unknown);
Wakimbizi [Refugees] (2002);
Théâtre brûlé (2004);
Lamokowang [Calabash] (2004);
Digital 01 (2004);
Searching for the Digital Spirit (2005);
Twaomba Amani (2005);
Threatened Fate (2005);
Goma, capitale du cinema ? (2005);
Pandisha Bendera (2007);
Jazz Mama (2010).