Makala

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    Makala

    Directed by

    France

    2017

    96 min

    • French
    • Swahili

    Documentary

    In Congo, a young peasant dreams of a better future for his loved ones. His only wealth lies in the strength of his arms, the bushland around him and his strong will. Set out on dangerous and exhausting roads in order to trade the fruit of his work, he discovers the value of his effort and the price to pay for his dreams.

    Awards

    • Nespresso Grand Prize, Special Mention (L'oeil d'or-Prix du documentaire) - La Semaine de la Critique
    • Special Mention - BFI London IFF
    • Teenage Jury Award - Porto/Post/Doc

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Kabwita Kasongo
    Lydie Kasongo
    Screenplay
    Emmanuel Gras
    Cinematography
    Emmanuel Gras
    Editing
    Karen Benainous
    Music
    Gaspar Claus
    Production
    BATHYSPHERE PRODUCTIONS
    Sales
    LES FILMS DU LOSANGE

    Press

    A magnificent tribute to the simple beauty of the human being.

    Fabien Lemercier, Cineuropa

    Emmanuel  Gras

    Emmanuel Gras

    France

    In cinema, if the audience agrees to let go, the director can make them feel things they weren't expecting.

    After a degree in History, Emmanuel Gras approached cinema as a camera student at the ENS Louis Lumière. At the end of his studies he went as a cinema volunteer to the Centre Culturel Français in Beirut and started work as a director of photography on documentaries taking him deep into the Middle East. On his return to France, he focused on directing his own projects and fictions, while continuing to do camerawork on other people’s films. After gaining critical acclaim for his first feature documentary, A COW'S LIFE, Gras' second documentary, MAKALA (2017), was selected in the main competition of la Semaine de la Critique, where it won the Nespresso Grand Prize.

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