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Ticket Prices
General Public:$14.00
Youth (25 & Under/Box Office Only):$8.00
Film Info
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Programs:Images of Africa
Tags:Culture & Society
Road Movie
Social Justice
Voice Category:Film on the Fringe
Release Year:2017
Runtime:96 min
Festivals & Awards:Golden Eye Special Mention
Critics' Week Grand Prize - Cannes Film Festival
Grierson Award Special Mention - London Film Festival
Democratic Republic of
Print Source:Kino Lorber
Director:Emmanuel Gras
Producer:Nicolas Anthome
Cinematographer:Emmanuel Gras
Editor:Karen Benainous
Composer:Gaspar Claus
Principal Cast:Kabwita Kasongo
Lydie Kasongo
Filmography:Bovines ('11)
300 Souls ('14)


In this eye-opening documentary, 28-year old Congolese charcoal maker Kabwita Kasongo is doing his best to support his family. He lives in Kolwezi, a remote town in the southern province of Katanga, with his wife Lydie and three daughters. Through swelling hardships, Kasongo works toward a single goal—to build his family a house. As part of his routine, Kasongo wheels charcoal made from the ashes of firewood into town on a loaded bike, working tirelessly to provide the essential food, shelter and safety.

Purely observational, Makala veers away from social commentary to allow Kasongo’s story to stand alone, following his daily life with a thoughtful lens. Through Kasongo, we witness the hardships that stem from an environment that hasn’t kept pace with his family’s needs. Makala, meaning “charcoal” in Swahili, is a simple yet powerful work from director Emmanuel Gras that makes certain not to coat Kasongo’s story with a filtered gloss.

Director Biography

French cinematographer and director Emmanuel Gras was born on 1976. Before his professional career, he studied at ENS Louis Lumière in Paris with a focus on film and photography. His feature-film Makala screened as an Official Selection at Cannes' La Semaine de la Critique.


"Emmanuel Gras' camera embraces the subject's every move with such rapt intimacy and cinematic poetry it's easy to forget this is not a fictional drama." - Variety


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