THE MERCY OF THE JUNGLE

Di 13 NOV 19.30


THE MERCY OF THE JUNGLE BY JOËL KAREKEZI
RUANDA / BELGIUM / FRANCE 2018 DCP OV 91 MIN
IN THE PRESENCE OF THE DIRECTOR JOËL KAREKEZI AND THE EXHIBITOR STEPHANE BAK
GERMANY PREMIERE


 

 

Set in 1998, shortly after the start of the Second Congo War, The Mercy of the Jungle follows a pair of lost Rwandan soldiers as they navigate the wilderness and confront their own existential crises. Sergeant Xavier is a veteran of Rwanda’s ethnic conflicts, while Private Faustin is a fresh recruit eager to avenge the killing of his father and brothers. One night their battalion scrambles away to hunt down a group of rebels, and Xavier and Faustin are left behind just as Congolese militia begin swarming the area. They have no option but to head west, embarking on a long journey through a hostile landscape teeming with enemy patrols, wildlife, and mercenary mining operations. Thwarted by hunger and illness, the men must learn to rely on each other’s very different skill sets if they are to survive.

Alternative screening: Fr Nov 16, 5pm


JOËL KAREKEZI, born in 1985 in Gisenyi (Rwanda), graduated in 2008 from the Maisha Film Lab (Uganda) and the CineCours Fernakademie. Karekezi was already a guest at AFRIKAMERA in 2013 with his feature film debut IMBABAZI – THE PARDON on reconciliation after the genocide in Rwanda on the Tutsi. In the same year he began his work on the script of THE MERCY OF THE JUNGLE, which was presented in 2013 at the “Fabrique des Cinémas du Monde” at the Cannes Film Festival and the following year at the Locarno Film Festival. The film celebrated its international premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

Born in 1996 in Blanc-Mesnil (France), the son of Congolese parents, STEPHANE BAK made a name for himself as a stand up comedian on small stages in Paris at a very young age. Since 2013 he has appeared in various French TV and film productions as well as in music videos. He made his breakthrough in the cinema in 2016 with a role in the German-French-Belgian thriller co-production Elle by Paul Verhoeven.

HOMMAGE IDRISSA OUEDRAOGO

MI 14 NOV 17.00


SHORT FILM PROGRAM
BURKINA FASO 1981 – 86 DVD OV 70 MIN
IN COOPERATION WITH THE CINÉMATHÈQUE AFRIQUE
IN THE PRESENCE OF SALAM ZAMPALIGRÉ (BURKINA FASO / AFRIKAMERA RESIDENCY)


With the presentation of a selection of four early short films from 1981 – 86, AFRIKAMERA commemorates the Burkinabe director and Cannes award winner, who died in February this year.

In his first short film POURQUOI (1981, 5 min), a man dreams of killing his wife. Terrified, he wakes up wondering if he may have not dreamed?

In LES ECUELES (1983, 11 min), Ouédraogo explores the rural exodus of Mossi in northern Burkina Faso and its implications for the traditional craft of wooden bowl production.

ISSA, LE TISSERAND (1984, 20 min) is the portrait of a traditional weaver from Ouagadougou. Despite his master craftsmanship, he sees himself abandoned by his clientele, who prefers import laundry from Europe. So he buys a car and a bundle of second-hand clothes to get his business up and running again …

TENGA (1986, 34 min) is about a farmer who tries his luck in the Burkinabe capital Ouagadougou to escape rural poverty. He leaves both his wife and his old mother behind. Once there, he beats his way through as a small greengrocer until he learns of his mother’s death and returns to his home village …


IDRISSA OUEDRAOGO was a key figure in Sub-Saharan cinema with more than forty films in his oeuvre. Born in 1954 in Banfora (Burkina Faso), he first studied at the Institut du cinéma de la capitale Ouagadougou to finish his studies in 1985 in Paris at the legendary IDHEC in 1985 and at the Sorbonne in 1989 the diploma in depth film knowledge to get. In 1986 he shot his first feature film YAM DAABO, followed by YAABA. He received the Prix de la Critique at the Cannes Film Festival in 1989 and the Audience Award at FESPACO. In 1990 he realized TILAÏ – THE LAW, which won the Grand Prix du Jury in Cannes and the best feature film of the FESPACO. Ouédraogo founded his own production company Les Films de la Plaine and got the Silver Bear in 1993 for SAMBA TRAORÉ in Berlin. In 2002 he contributed an episode to the omnibus film 11’09 “01 – SEPTEMBER 11, produced several television series and campaigned for a better financing of African film. In 2017, he was inducted into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Services, which annually awards the Oscars.

Thank You For The Rain

MI 14 NOV 18.30


AN EVENT IN COOPERATION WITH THE HEINRICH BÖLL FOUNDATION
AT  KINO ARSENAL, POTSDAMER STRASSE 2, 10785 BERLIN
ADMISSION FREE

THANK YOU FOR THE RAIN BY JULIA DAHR AND KISILU MUSYA
UK / NORWAY 2017 DCP OME 90 MIN

PODIUM CONVERSATION WITH KISILU MUSYA (CO DIRECTOR, AGRICULTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVIST, KENYA), MODERATION: NADJA OFUATEY-ALAZARD; TALK IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE


Floods, droughts and heavy storms – climate change has fatal consequences, especially for the rural population of African countries. Over five years, Kenyan farmer Kisilu Musya documented in a video diary the effects of extreme weather on his family and his hometown Mutomo. After a devastating storm, Kisilu Musya begins to mobilize the farmers in his region and finally brings their demands to the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris. There he meets the inertia and cynicism of international politics, but also the global solidarity of activists for climate justice.

The moving documentary, which was created from video material in cooperation with the Norwegian filmmaker Julia Dahr, follows the path of Kisilu Musya from Mutomo to Oslo and Paris. Climate justice, climate change and adaptation are just as central as questions of gender equality and access to education and resources.

After the film, we talk with Kisilu Musya about the genesis of the film, the situation in Kenya and its expectations of international climate policy.


KISILU MUSYA is a farmer from Mutomo in Southeast Kenya. He is the main protagonist and co-director of the THANK YOU FOR THE RAIN movie, which has documented over five years the life of his family, his village, and the impact of climate change on agriculture. With his knowledge of his land and climate, Kisilu is testing new farming practices and representing his community on a national and international level, where he works tirelessly for concrete commitments to tackle climate change.


The Heinrich Böll Foundation works together with project partners worldwide. It currently has offices in 34 countries, four of them in Africa: Nairobi, Cape Town, Dakar and Abuja. Main focuses are u.a. Globalization and sustainable development, strengthening civil society and promoting democracy.

Music is our weapon

Mi 14 NOV 21.30


MUSIC IS OUR WEAPON VON TAYE BALOGUN 
KENIA / TANSANIA / DÄNEMARK / UNGARN 2016 
DCP OV 102 MIN


The film portrays the philosophy, history and struggle for justice of one of the most exciting bands from Kenya. She understands how to build bridges between different social classes and inspires the poor part of the population. MUSIC IS OUR WEAPON is a metaphorical journey of a young, vibrant band that is firmly convinced that music can be a weapon of change.


TAYE BALOGUN is a pan-African and social activist. The Nigerian filmmaker and photographer, who has been involved in the film scene for over eight years, lives with his Tanzanian wife in Kenya.

Beats of the Antonov

DO 15 NOV 18.00


BEATS OF THE ANTONOV BY HAJOOJ KUKA
SUDAN / SOUTH AFRICA 2014 DCP OV 68 MIN
IN THE PRESENCE OF HAJOOJ KUKA


Sudan has been in an almost constant state of war since independence. The Sudanese government’s Antonov planes bombard the rebel army in the conflict regions, but hit civilians, too. Every day, people living in the Blue Nile and Nuba Mountain regions face the possibility of death and the destruction of their dwellings and possessions. Musical traditions gain a new and vital significance in this time of war. We watch as traditional musicians build and play the rababa, a stringed instrument, getting whole villages to join in the dancing and singing. We hear lyrics inspired by life during wartime. They keep the people alive, in body and in spirit. Beats of the Antonov scrutinizes the national identity and assigns a defining role to the music, offering a new perspective on the Sudanese conflict.


HAJOOJ KUKA, born in Sudan, first completed an engineering degree in Lebanon and then studied film in New York. He works as a reporter and documentary filmmaker and actively promotes human rights in his homeland. BEATS OF THE ANTONOV premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he won the People’s Choice Documentary Award.

Black Jews, the Roots of the Olive Tree

DO 15 NOV 19.30


BLACK JEWS, THE ROOTS OF THE OLIVE TREE BY LAURENCE GAVRON
SENEGAL / FRANCE 2016 BLU RAY OV 54 MIN
IN THE PRESENCE OF LAURENCE GAVRON


In the course of the 20th century, a large number of groups in various Sub-Saharan countries (South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Cameroon, Mali, Ivory Coast, etc.) spontaneously converted to Judaism and claimed Jewish identity. These communities respect the worship rituals and dietary restrictions of Judaism, which they often learn from the Internet, as well as Jewish culture (cuisine, music, language, etc.). The leaders of several of these communities have travelled to Israel to train and study in Yeshivas to become Rabbis. From the end of the 19th century, we already knew of the existence of many black Jews in the United States. Today, they number apparently more than 100,000 in North America. The film gives an account of this black Judaism, through an African community – that of Cameroon, with Serge Etélé as its leader.


LAURENCE GAVRON is from France. She now lives in Dakar, Senegal, where she works as a film director and writer. Fascinated by African cultures, she has produced documentaries on local musicians, griots and on the work of director Djibril Diop Mambéty. She also writes regularly for local newspapers and participated in several photographic exhibitions.

 

Supporting Film

Transitions


BY AÄLÄM-WÄRQE & KOBI DAVIDIAN
ETHIOPIA / ISRAEL 2016 DCP OV 15 MIN


The short film by the Israeli-Ethiopian directors Aäläm-Wärqe & Kobi Davidian tells the story of the identity of 18-year-old Mimi, who reconstructs her immigration history from Ethiopia to Israel.

Red Leaves

DO 15 NOV 21.30


RED LEAVES BY BAZI GETE
ETHIOPIA / ISRAEL 2014 DCP OV 82 MIN
IN THE PRESENCE OF BAZI GETE


Meseganio Tadela, 74, immigrated to Israel from Ethiopia 28 years ago with his family. He has chosen to zealously retain his culture, talks very little, and hardly speaks Hebrew. After losing his wife, Meseganio sets out on a journey that leads him through his children’s homes. He comes to realize that he belongs to a rapidly disappearing class that believes in retaining Ethiopian culture. As this harsh reality begins to hit him, he struggles to survive according to his own rules.


BAZI GETE works as a writer and director. He received his B.F.A. in film and television from Sapir Academic College (Israel). RED LEAVES ran at festivals in New York and San Francisco in the summer of 2015, and was honored with the 2014 International Film Critics (Fipresci) and the Best Debut Award at the Jerusalem Film Festival.

The Mercy of the Jungle (Replay)

FR 16 NOV 17.00


THE MERCY OF THE JUNGLE BY JOËL KAREKEZI
RUANDA / BELGIUM / FRANCE 2018 DCP OV 91 MIN


 

Set in 1998, shortly after the start of the Second Congo War, The Mercy of the Jungle follows a pair of lost Rwandan soldiers as they navigate the wilderness and confront their own existential crises. Sergeant Xavier is a veteran of Rwanda’s ethnic conflicts, while Private Faustin is a fresh recruit eager to avenge the killing of his father and brothers. One night their battalion scrambles away to hunt down a group of rebels, and Xavier and Faustin are left behind just as Congolese militia begin swarming the area. They have no option but to head west, embarking on a long journey through a hostile landscape teeming with enemy patrols, wildlife, and mercenary mining operations. Thwarted by hunger and illness, the men must learn to rely on each other’s very different skill sets if they are to survive.


JOËL KAREKEZI, born in 1985 in Gisenyi (Rwanda), graduated in 2008 from the Maisha Film Lab (Uganda) and the CineCours Fernakademie. Karekezi was already a guest at AFRIKAMERA in 2013 with his feature film debut IMBABAZI – THE PARDON on reconciliation after the genocide in Rwanda on the Tutsi. In the same year he began his work on the script of THE MERCY OF THE JUNGLE, which was presented in 2013 at the “Fabrique des Cinémas du Monde” at the Cannes Film Festival and the following year at the Locarno Film Festival. The film celebrated its international premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).