Kumbuka

  • 59'
  • Congo, Democratic Republic
  • 2021

Two young Congolese filmmakers are surprised by the enthusiastic reception of Stop Filming Us, a Dutch film shot in Goma by Joris Postema in 2019. That film enters into dialogue with local image makers to ask whether a western perspective on the Congo can do justice to reality, but in the view of those makers themselves, it conversely illustrates the problem perfectly: this production's perspective also distorts impressions of Congolese reality. In answer to their critique, the Dutch producer made the raw footage available to them so they could edit it into their own film. But can the images – without context – really tell their story?

Filmmaker and lecturer Petna Ndaliko Katondolo was inspired to make this film – which connects the colonial perspective's legacy, the precolonial history of Congo and elements of Afrofuturism as well as posing the broader question of how to create and portray a decolonial reality – by his two students’ dilemma.

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Director
Petna Ndaliko Katondolo
Country of production
Congo, Democratic Republic
Year
2021
Festival Edition
P&I Selection 2022
Length
59'
Medium
DCP
Languages
Kiswahili, French, Lingala
Producer
Cherie Rivers Ndaliko
Production Company
Alkebu Film Productions
Sales
Yole Institute
Cinematography
Kapelite Mutembwi, Petna Ndaliko Katondolo
Editor
Petna Ndaliko Katondolo
Sound Design
Lee Weisert