Makala

Rating: Exempt

Director: Emmanuel Gras
Cast: Kabwita Kasongo, Lydie Kasongo
Country: France
Language: Swahili, French with English subtitles
Year of production: 2017
Genre: Documentary
Duration: 96 min
Festivals: Cannes International Film Festival (Critics’ Week) 2017
Awards: Cannes International Film Festival (Critics’ Week) 2017 — Nespresso Grand Prize

Screening only in Auckland (Newmarket), Christchurch, Hamilton, Nelson and Wellington

“Emmanuel Gras’ camera embraces the subject’s every move with such rapt intimacy and cinematic poetry it’s easy to forget this is not a fictional drama.” Variety

Synopsis

In the southern province of Katanga in the Congo, young villager Kabwita hopes to offer his family a brighter future. Working for days in the surrounding bush to craft charcoal from hand-felled trees, his physical struggle is only the beginning of his Herculean journey. Travelling dangerous and exhausting roads to reach the marketplace to sell the fruit of his labour, he is faced with the true cost of his ambitions.

Filmmaker Emmanuel Gras accompanies Kabwita on his journey without ever interfering or commenting. He observes and in this expresses respect for the dignity of this man and his life.

Winner of the Cannes Critics’ Week Grand Prize, this beautiful and moving documentary gets your attention with the very opening panorama shot and holds you rapt as you invest in the hero’s journey, hoping for his success. Swahili for ‘charcoal’, the film’s title refers to the product Kabwita is risking his life for in the hopes of a better life.

Trailer

French trailer (no english subtitles)

Screenings

Ticket links will be added as they become available


AUCKLAND – RIALTO CINEMAS NEWMARKET
Tue 20 March 6:10 pm
Includes introduction in partnership with the African Film Festival

CHRISTCHURCH – HOYTS RICCARTON
Sat 24 March 3:40 pm

WELLINGTON – EMBASSY THEATRE
Sun 11 March 1:40 pm D
Sat 24 March 4:05 pm D

NELSON – SUTER THEATRE
Sun 25 March 3:20 pm

HAMILTON – LIDO CINEMA
Thur 5 April 6:00 pm

E Embassy Theatre
D Deluxe Theatre

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