Mama Colonel
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    Mama Colonel

    Maman Colonelle

    Directed by

    France, Congo

    2017

    72 min

    • French
    • Lingala
    • Swahili

    Documentary

    Colonel Honorine worked in Bukavu’s police force for years as part of the Child Protection and Anti-Sexual Violence Unit, highly regarded for its effectiveness and the confidence it has able to restore in the community. But when Colonel Honorine is transferred to Kisangani, she must start over from scratch. Shortly after arriving in her new post, dozens of victims of sexual violence from the 6-Day War between Rwandan and Ugandan troops, land in her office. Thus begins a new challenge for the Colonel who is determined to fight for the recognition and support of these forgotten women, these outdated lives.

    Awards

    • Independent Jury Prize - Berlinale Forum
    • Grand Prix - Cinéma du Réel
    • Special Jury Prize - FIFF Namur

    Festivals

    Credits

    Screenplay
    Dieudo Hamadi
    Cinematography
    Dieudo Hamadi
    Editing
    Anne Renardet
    Sales
    ANDANA FILMS
    Production
    CINEDOC FILMS
    Production
    MUTOTU PRODUCTIONS

    Press

    Disciplined, succinct and effective.

    Clarence Tsui, The Hollywood Reporter

    Authentic, admirable and meaningful film.

    Jo Rogers, The Up Coming

    Dieudo Hamadi

    Dieudo Hamadi

    Democratic Republic Of The Congo

    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.

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