• 2017
  • France
  • 1h 36min
  • Directed by: Emmanuel Gras
  • Cast: Kabwita Kasongo, Lydie Kasongo
  • Language: Swahili, French
  • UK release: 2 February 2018

Immersive documentary about a Congolese charcoal maker, Kabwita Kasongo, which follows him as he cuts down trees, makes them into a charcoal and carts bags 30 miles to the nearest town to sell. A journey of sweat and blood and steadfast resolution, highly cinematic and powerful.

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29 Jan 20185 stars

Emmanuel Gras's magnificent documentary immerses us in the life of a Congolese farmer

In the quiet expanse of the Congolese wilderness, a solitary young man works to fell a giant tree using only an axe. The only sound is that of his rhythmic blows and the surrounding birdsong. The camera stays close, circling the determined figure until…

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