National Diploma

Director: Dieudo Hamadi
Countries: Congo/France
Year: 2014
Running Time: 92 min.
Languages: French and Lingala with French and English subtitles

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National Diploma follows a group of young Congolese high school students who are about to sit the exam for their National Diploma, in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. They are filmed while they prepare for the exam, from the benches of the school that they are regularly ejected from because they haven’t paid the “teachers’ fees” to the “maquis,” where they gather to revise and the chaotic streets of the city where they spend their time “looking for a living.”

About the Director

Dieudo Hamadi

Dieudo-HamadiBiography: Dieudo Hamadi was born in Kisangani, DRC on February 22, 1984 and studied bio-medicine from 2005 to 2008. Since 2002, he has completed several documentary film workshops and video editing courses and has worked as an editor, producer, and assistant director, for Suka! Productions. His filmography includes Congo in Four Acts – Ladies in Waiting (Dames en attente – 2009) and Congo in Four Acts – Zero Tolerance (Tolérance zéro – 2009).

(Source: http://www.womenofthesun.org.za/filmmaker_biographies.html)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Congo in Four Acts – Ladies in Waiting [Dames en attente] (2011 – Dieudo Hamadi, Divita Wa Lusala);
Congo in Four Acts – Zero Tolerance [Tolérance zéro] (2011);
National Diploma (2015).

Filmography:
Congo in Four Acts – Ladies in Waiting [Dames en attente] (2009 – Dieudo Hamadi, Divita Wa Lusala);
Congo in Four Acts – Zero Tolerance [Tolérance zéro] (2009);
Atalaku (2013);
National Diploma (2014).