Open City Documentary Festival

Makongo + Intro

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

Nominated for the Emerging Filmmaker Award

Elvis Sabin Ngaïbino, a geology graduate, had always dreamt of working in cinema. In 2012, he co-founded the Académie du Cinéma Centrafricain. With limited means, he produced and made small films for Central African television, until the day his path crossed that of the Ateliers Varan, which trained him in documentary filmmaking and enabled him to shoot Docta Jefferson, the portrait of a neighbourhood pharmacist that successfully screened at several international festivals.

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.