Congo Calling

a film by Stephan Hilpert

Congo Calling

Germany | 2019 | 90:00 min

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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?
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
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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Production Company
Stephan Hilpert
Hertzbergstr. 12, 12055 Berlin
Co-Production Company
ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel
HFF München (Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film)
Supported by
FilmFernsehFonds Bayern (FFF Bayern)
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