Tongo Saa

Nelson Makengo
Democratic Republic of Congo, Belgium, Germany, Burkina Faso, Qatar | 2024 | 95 min
International Premiere
Language : Lingala
Subtitles : English, French

As the Congo prepares to build Africa’s largest power station, the people of Kinshasa are engulfed in darkness. As the population struggles to receive access to electricity, they rely on makeshift lights not only to survive, but also to celebrate – with candles, LEDs and fireworks. An impressive nocturnal fresco.

As the Congo builds Africa's largest power station, the people of Kinshasa are engulfed in darkness. Amid this dysfunctional and corrupt situation, the population fights for access to electricity. While some form public committees and others find refuge from the darkness in prayer, everybody is getting hold of makeshift lights, not just to survive, but also to celebrate. Despite the darkness, the capital city of 17 million people prepares for its Christmas and New Year celebrations – also marked by extensive flooding – with fireworks and string lights to make the dark nights sparkle. Nelson Makengo paints an impressive lyrical and political fresco, his characters making their way through these desperate nights as though walking a tightrope. An inspired sound design accompanies us on this search for light, on both a literal and spiritual level. The audience emerges dazzled by the tenacity and resourcefulness of these characters, as they navigate through the ebbs and flows of the darkness.

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Screenings and tickets


Thursday 18 April 2024 18:15
Grande Salle, Nyon
In the presence of the director


Friday 19 April 2024 18:30
Capitole Leone, Nyon


Trailer

Screenplay
Nelson Makengo
Photography
Nelson Makengo
Sound
Moimi Wezam
Editing
Inneke Van Waeyenberghe
Music
Bao SissokoWouter Vandenabeele
Production
Rosa SpalivieroTwenty Nine Studio & ProductionDada Kahindo SikuMutotu Productions
Sales contact
Wouter JansenSquare Eyesinfo@squareeyesfilm.com+436609805377

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