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Congo Calling

a film by Stephan Hilpert

Congo Calling

Germany | 2019 | 90:00 min

Content Categories

Documentary
Synopsis
In crisis-ridden eastern Congo, one of the poorest regions on earth, three Europeans are forced to question what it means to help. Raul, a French-Spanish economist, realizes that his project funds are leading his Congolese colleagues into great temptation. Peter, from Germany, is fighting a losing battle to preserve his identity as an aid worker when he reaches retirement age after 30 years in Africa. And the relationship of the young Belgian Anne-Laure is put to the test when her Congolese boyfriend, after a stay in prison, becomes a high-profile regime critic. Deeply personal insights into coexistence and cooperation between Europe and Africa – and the question: how helpful is the help of the West?
Festivals/Awards
2019
Audience Award – 40 FF Max Ophüls Preis
Best Cinematography Documentary – Filmkunstfest MV Schwerin
FFF Bayern Documentary Talent Award - 34 DOK.fest Munich
nominated for German Documentary Award 2019 - SWR DOKU FESTIVAL
Ciné Droit Libre, Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
Fünf Seen Filmfestival
Kinofest Lünen
Achtung Berlin - New Berlin Film Award
dokKa Karlsruhe
Kolkata International Film Festival
London Migration Film Festival


2020
Africa Alive Festival Frankfurt
Boddinale Berlin
Int. Festival of Ethnological Film, Belgrade
German International Ethnographic Film Festival, Germany
Liberation Docfest Bangladesh, Bangladesh
Africlap, Frankreich
Bolivia International Film Festival of Human Rights, Bolivia
APOX Film Festival, Croatia
Int. Festival of Ethnological Film, Serbia
Congo in Harlem, USA
Int. Film Festival Etnofilm, Slovakia
Arica Nativa, Chile
Festival Int. de Cinéma de Kinshasa, Demokratic Republic of the Congo
Fiorenzo Serra Film Festival, Italy
Cast and Crew
  • Director Stephan Hilpert
  • Director of Photography Daniel Samer
  • Editor Miriam Märk
  • Sound Design Andreas Goldbrunner
  • Score Sebastian Fillenberg
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