- 1hr 36m
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The documentary’s so simple it feels profound without ever really trying.
Makala takes the observational approach to the hardships of Congolese life, charting a tough but insightful journey.
The film was shot chronologically and this is clear in the increasing fluidity of Gras’ camerawork, which is less and less searching the closer they get to the city.
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This keenly observed documentary from filmmaker Emmanuel Gras follows the day-to-day life of Kasongo, a family man living in the Democratic Republic of Congo who dreams of building a house for his wife and daughters. And to do so, he will earn money by selling charcoal that he has made himself. The film follows his labor, from the hardwood trees he chops down to his arduous journey the nearest market, walking alongside a bicycle he has loaded up with precarious bags of charcoal. It’s a story of endurance and of hope, simultaneously personal and universal – and it picked up the Grand Prize and the Golden Eye Special Mention for Best Documentary at the 2017 International Critics Week in Cannes.
- Kabwita Kasongo
- Lydie Kasongo