In January 2015, the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila, sought a constitutional amendment that would allow him to be elected president for a third time. This film documents the resulting demonstrations and follows three protagonists of the resistance. Ben, who lives in exile in New York, takes the advice of his fellow countrymen in exile and decides to join the struggle in the Congo. Jean Marie, who has just been released from prison, continues his public campaign for his country’s freedom and is persecuted by the secret service. Christian fights unperturbed in the streets of Kinshasa, even after former Prime Minister Etienne Tshisekedi, on whom the opposition had pinned their hopes, dies and the movement against Kabila’s extension of his time in office seems paralysed. 

Should one resist in exile, or fight on the ground in the Congo? Should resistance be non-violent or should force be used if required? Filmed throughout with a handheld camera that stays very close to the protagonists, even in precarious conditions, Dieudo Hamadi explores the pros and cons of different forms of resistance. To this day, Kabila remains in office - unconstitutionally. 

Production and distribution

Production Year:
2018
Co production country:
Norway
France
Switzerland
Germany
Qatar
Release date (international):
2018-02-18
Production company:
Les Films de l'oeil sauvage
Co production company:
Flimmer Film AS
Financing company:
Vestnorsk Filmsenter AS
Executive producer:
Dieudo Hamadi
Frédéric Féraud
Quentin Laurent
Vera Nsingani
Producer:
Dieudo Hamadi
Frédéric Féraud
Quentin Laurent
Co producer:
Bärbel Mauch
Britta Rindelaub
Johnny Holmvåg
Sales agent:
Andana Films

Director

  • Dieudo Hamadi

    Born in Kisangani, the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1984, he studied medicine and then attended several documentary workshops. In 2013, he made his feature-length debut with Atalaku. The film Congo in Four Acts, to which he contributed, and his film Maman Colonelle screened in the Berlinale's Forum programme in 2010 and 2017 respectively.'

    Filmography
    2009 Zero Tolerance; short film 2010 Congo in Four Acts; segment “Ladies in Waiting”; Forum 2013 Atalaku 2014Examen d’état (National Diploma) 2017 Maman Colonelle(Mama Colonel); Forum 2018 Kinshasa Makambo 

     Dieudo Hamadi

Festivals

2018:
Berlin International Film Festival

Crew

Director:
Dieudo Hamadi
Screenplay:
Dieudo Hamadi
Editor:
Hélène Ballis
Sound Design:
Philippe Ciompi
First assistant director:
Jeancy Kimvula Matoka
Cinematographer:
Dieudo Hamadi

Technical information

Length in mins:
75'

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