African Middleweights / Africans Poids Moyens


Director: Daniel Cattier
Country: Zimbabwe and Belgium
Year: 2004
Running Time: 18 min.
Language: French and Lingala

June 1960, The Belgian Congo is on the eve of Independence and young Congolese boxer, Samwa, and his older brother, Nourou, arrive in Brussels for the finals of the Afro-European Middleweight Championship to fight against a Belgian titleholder. Looking to avoid a Congolese victory, the Belgian organizers order Samwa to “dive” to the floor during the final. Nourou believes that this is an opportunity for Belgian passports and a chance to escape their miserable lives for good, but Samwa has other ideas….