Trials, tribulation, dreams and aspirations of a young farmer earning a living making and selling charcoal in Congo.
CAST & CREW
Director of Photography
Kabwita Kasongo, Lydie Kasongo
Bathysphere Productions Ciné+ Canal+ International Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Région Ile-de-France Cinémage 10
Born in Cannes, France, Emmanuel Gras would later be honored at the famous film festival in his hometown at age 41 when his Makala was chosen as the first documentary in that program's history for its International Critics Week. Gras took a degree in history but then switched to studying cinematography at the Ecole Normale Superieure Louis Lumiere. Work at the French Cultural Center in Beirut, Lebanon, led to his spending some time in the Middle East. After shooting a number of shorts and features for other directors, he began to write and film his own work, with a focus on issues of contemporary social concern.
La motivation! (2003, doc.), Une petite note d'humanité (2004, short), Tweety Lovely Superstar (2005, short), Soudain ses mains (2008, short), Bovines (2011, doc.), Être vivant (2013, doc.), 300 Souls (2014, doc.), Makala (2017, doc.).