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- Director: Emmanuel Gras
- FRANCE / 2017 / DCP / Colour / 96´ / French, Swahili; Turkish, English s.t.
- Screenplay: Emmanuel Gras
- Director of Photography: Emmanuel Gras
- Editing: Karen Benainous
- Music: Gaspar Claus
- Cast: Katılanlar With: Kabwita Kasongo, Lydie Kasongo
- Producer: Nicolas Anthome
- Production Co.: Bathysphere
- World Sales: Films du Losange
- 2017 CANNES Critics’ Week Grand Prize, Golden Eye–Special Mention
- 2017 BERGEN Documentaire Extraordinaire
Winning the Grand Prize of the Cannes’ Critics’ Week section where it premiered, Makala is inspired by Gus Van Sant’s Gerry and Bela Tarr’s The Turin Horse, and with poetic simplicity follows a young man, Kabwita, who earns a living by making and selling charcoal. The film takes place in a region in southern Congo where the entire flora and fauna has gone almost extinct due to over-production of coal. Kabwita’s only way of making both ends meet for his family is to make and sell charcoal, which he has to transport traveling through dangerous roads. Emmanuel Gras, the director of Makala, which means “charcoal” in Swahili, is known for his 2012 documentary Bovines.
This film was a Meetings on the Bridge participant.