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Makala

Diretto da Emmanuel Gras
Francia, 2017
Documentario

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Kolwezi, a city of the southwestern Democratic Republic of Congo. Isaac makes scantily his living by making some charcoal and by transporting it towards the city on his overloaded bike. Every week, he leaves his family and his village to travel dozens of kilometers.

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Makala Diretto da Emmanuel Gras
The quandaries raised by observational filmmaking are nothing new, and the sticky ethics of ethnographic cinema are at least as old as Robert J. Flaherty (“Nanook of the North”). But to ponder the colonial implications of a French director exoticizing a Congolese man whose family eats rats for meals is to realize that a movie can be heartwarming and heartless at once.
August 23, 2018
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Gras does at least manage to find images to articulate the dimension of Kabwita’s efforts, most strikingly when a passing bus reveals the snail’s pace at which he’s moving. Yet the quest narrative and the predictable setbacks ultimately tighten their grip on the film, to such an extent that Kabwita’s individual fate soon feels like just another vehicle for putting across the same eminently valid point made countless times before: the path to prosperity is a rocky one, not least in Africa.
September 10, 2017
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A film of considerable beauty, Makala locates an epic dimension in the humblest of existences. But Gras is not seeking to ennoble poverty: he recognizes that for Kabwita, and for many others like him, basic survival requires truly monumental efforts, and it is only right to film them as such.
July 03, 2017
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