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Makala Rated U

Makala

Dir. Emmanuel Gras. France, 2017. 1h 37m. Swahili/French/subs. Starring Kabwita Kasongo, Lydie Kasongo.

A young Congolese villager hopes to offer his family a better future using the only resources he has: his two hands, the surrounding bush, and an iron will. A slow-burning and beautifully shot documentary which won the Critics' Week Grand Prize at Cannes.

’As well as being sure to remind you how fortunate you are, Emmanuel Gras's film is beautiful and poetic, something it achieves without condescension.’ ★★★★★ Edward Porter, The Sunday Times

'A viewing experience that is not so much the study of a man but a sensory immersion; a journey of sweat and blood and steadfast resolution that is keenly, painfully felt.’ ★★★★★ Nikki Baughan, The List