Open City Documentary Festival

Director Masterclass: Dieudo Hamadi

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Director Dieudo Hamadi will be in conversation with Belgian-Congolese film journalist and critic Djia Mambu about his career and creative practice. Dieudo Hamadi was born in Kisangani (Democratic Republic of the Congo) in 1984 and his early short documentaries Ladies in Waiting and Zero Tolerance caught the attention of several festivals in Europe and North America. In 2013, Atalaku, his first feature documentary, won the Joris Ivens Award at Cinéma du Réel, the best Foreign film Prize at the San Diego Film Festival and the Jury Prize in FIDADOC. In 2014, his next feature National Diploma received two awards at Cinéma du Réel and was shown at TIFF before screening at 60 festivals around the world. In 2017, Mama Colonelle premiered at the Berlinale and won two awards before winning the Grand Prix at Cinema du Réel and traveling to many international festivals such as Hotdocs, AFI Docs, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Viennale, Carthage, Namur, RIDM, Zurich, Encounters and Durban. The film won 14 awards plus the Award for Best Documentary at the Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2017. In 2018, Kinshasa Makambo was presented at the Berlinale in the Panorama section before being  shown in more than 60 international festivals including Open City Documentary Festival. The film received the True Vision Award at True False in the US and the Tim Hetherington Award at Sheffield Doc/Fest. In 2019, Dieudo Hamadi has been attributed the McMillan-Stewart Fellowship in Distinguished Filmmaking by the Film Study Center of Harvard University.