Kinshasa Makambo

“Politics will kill you”, relatives cry when the activist returns to the Congo. Among his own, the survivor is showered with embraces. He has returned, so that he can face them again.

From 2015 to 2017, Congolese director Dieudo Hamadi followed three activists trying to help their country achieve a political change of power, peacefully or with violence. In his previous documentaries, Hamadi has depicted the elections of the Congo, the education system, and the fight against sexual violence.

Protesters shout that Joseph Kabila’s time as president is coming to an end. Kabila has ruled since 2001. The name of the documentary refers to the headache, makambo, of the people living in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. As the current president keeps extending his term in office, the 32-year reign of Mobutu Sese Seko comes back to mind.

Some say that they are ready to die for their cause, but among the supporters we see some frightened faces. The documentary surges between rough protests, ideological debriefings, and preparations. Those who have been killed are shown in photographs. The brutal material proves the dangers of demanding democracy.

Tero Kartastenpää (Translation: Ulrika Sundelin)

Language: Linguala
Subtitles: English

  • Director: Dieudo Hamadi
  • Country: France, Germany, Norway, Republic of the Congo, Switzerland
  • Year: 2018
  • Length: 75 min
  • Age limit: K16
  • Format: DCP
  • Cinematography: Dieudo Hamadi
  • Editing: Hélène Ballis
  • Audio: Christian L.L.
  • Production: Les films de l'oeil Sauvage


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