This film is a portrait of Zao the social chronicler, singer, poet, critic… He forged his identity through its inspiration from the Congolese heritage. This singer did not live his country during the crisis, as opposed to his fellows who left for Europe. For him, it is necessary to stay nearby his fellow citizens in order to get inspiration for further creation. —Africine
David Pierre Fila was born in 1954 in Brazzaville. He studied at the University Institute of Technology (Bordeaux), and then became a
PhD student in Anthropology at the EHESS. He then travelled to Russia training as a camera operator.
In 1995, David Pierre Fila produced his first feature film, Matanga. He was production manager on Mamy Wata (1989-90) by Moustapha Diop, then assistant director of the feature film, Finzan (1988-89) by Check Oumar Sissoko, and the short films by Henry Mrozowski, Un Grand Quelqu’un and Le Retour. He has worked for television and has directed several short films (le Dernier des Babingas, 1991; Matanga, 1997. —Filmbirth