Emmanuel Gras

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This film opens on February 2nd. Tickets are on sale now. 

Exclusively at the IFI. 

The arduous journey of a rural Congolese charcoal maker (‘makala’ means coal in Swahili), as he first prepares and then transports his precarious burden on top of a bicycle to sell in town, is the unlikely subject of Emmanuel Gras’s profoundly moving, experiential film, a deserving winner of Best Film at Cannes Film Festival’s Critics Week 2017.

The director shadows his subject, 28-year-old Kabwita Kasongo, on his lengthy and grueling trek without engaging or resorting to sentiment, and as such Makala is an extraordinary piece of documentary observation. (Notes by David O’Mahony.)

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96 mins, France, 2017, Digital, Subtitled


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