Stay home. – But mother, we’re going to liberate the country! – Lumumba didn’t succeed, why would you?” The quarrel that opens KINHASA MAKAMBO speaks volumes about Dieudo Hamadi’s humble and direct approach: no need to explain the context that drove Congolese youth in the 2010s (in 2011 and 2015, and during the filming in late 2016 and early 2017) to take to the streets despite the violent repression, to demand the end of Joseph Kabila’s never-ending presidency. Christian, an activist in the opposition, Jean-Marie, recently tortured in prison, and Ben, now back from forced exile, meet up on several occasions in dangerous demonstrations and clandestine meetings, where they ask universal questions on what form the struggle for democracy should take: should they join forces with existing parties? Is the octogenarian leader of the opposition, Étienne Tshisekedi, compromising himself by negotiating? Is non-violence on the cards when confronting a violent regime? Already the maker of a striking portrait of youth (NATIONAL DIPLOMA, Cinéma du Réel, 2014), Hamadi has paid a fraternal tribute to a generation that is the driving force behind the rebellion and whose parents – peripheral characters who bear the weight of charismatic but crippling ancestors – seem concerned only by their individual survival.
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An explosion of ideas and action — a vivid articulation of the throbbing headache threatening to blow the Congo apart.
Documentary is the most compatible medium with my environment.
Dieudo Hamadi was born in 1984 in Kinsangani (Democratic Republic of Congo) and graduated from INSAS film school in Brussels. Since 2002, he has completed several documentary film workshops and video editing courses and has worked as an editor, producer, and assistant director, including for Suka! Productions.
He was awarded the Pierre and Yolande Perrault grant at Cinéma du Réel in 2010 for the film DAMES EN ATTENTE, co-directed with Divita Wa Lusala. CONGO IN FOUR ACTS, co-directed with other three directors, was screened at Berlinale Forum in 2010. ATALAKU won the Joris Ivens award at Cinéma du Réel, and the Young Adults Jury Award at Black Movie. NATIONAL DIPLOMA screened at the International Competition of Cinéma du Réel in 2014 where it won the Scam Award and the Potemkine Publishers' Award. MAMA COLONEL screened at Berlinale Forum where it won the Independent Jury Prize, and Cinéma du Réel where it won the Grand Prix.