Open City Documentary Festival

7 – 13 September 2022
in London

Makongo + Intro

Director Elvis Sabin Ngaïbino, 2020, Country Argentina, Central African Republic, Italy, Duration 73, Previous Festivals & Awards Festival du Réel 2020 Paris - France Prix SCAM and Bibliothèque, Hamburg Festival 2020, Date Event has passed

Elvis Sabin’s assured debut follows Albert and André, two Central African Aka Pygmies, as they attempt to establish a new education system in their forest community. The last in their village still attending school, they are determined to pass their knowledge on, holding classes for other Aka children every afternoon. But their project requires funding and they are counting on the year’s caterpillar (known as “Makongo”) harvest to provide much needed income. Evocatively capturing the visual and sonic textures of the forest, Makongo is a layered ethnographic study of two men working to build a sustainable future for their community.

UK Premiere

In partnership with Film Africa.

Read an essay on Makongo by Tega Okiti.

Available: Block 2 (Sat 12th Sept midday – Tue 15th Sept midnight BST)

Please note: this film is only available to view in the UK.