Atalaku
Dieudo Hamadi
2013 - 60 min - Vidéo HD - Couleur - Congo Kinshasa (RDC)

"The 2011 presidential election is only the second free election since the Democratic Republic of the Congo gained independence in 1960. Gaylor, a penniless (like most of Kinshasa’s nine million inhabitants) pastor turns into an atalaku, which means a “crier” in Lingala. He makes a deal with the political candidate who has offered him the highest price for his services: ensuring the campaign’s street publicity and finding musicians to write the campaign’s song. Atalaku could certainly not have been made by a non-Congolese, given the extent to which the filmmaker becomes one with those he films – he is sometimes summoned to film ballot-box stuffing and the teeming crowd make way for him, dimly aware that having a witness is crucial. The film is constructed so as to show the domino effect between the atalaku and those he pays down the line – musicians, salespeople, dancers – to a point of confusion as Gaylor, who preaches for a very ephemeral god, is blamed for his inability to keep the promises of others. Hamadi’s choice to continue filming two weeks after the election alllowed him to accommodate an epilogue that breaks with this occasionally violent immersion, which also gives the film its force."
(Charlotte Garson, Cinéma du réel 2013)



Author-Director : Dieudo Hamadi
Photography : Dieudo Hamadi
Sound : Dieudo Hamadi
Editing : Penda Houzangbe, Dieudo Hamadi
Delegate Producer : Mutotu Productions

Distribution


Distributor : Walter Films
VOD : Universciné
Circulation-Consultation : BPI (Bibliothèque publique d'information)
Disponible au Club du doc

Distinctions

2013 - Cinéma du réel, Paris (France) : Prix Joris Ivens
2013 - FIDADOC, Agadir (Maroc) : Prix du Jury
2013 - RIDM - Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal, Montréal (Canada) : Sélection
2013 - Images en bibliothèques, Paris (France) : Film soutenu par la Commission nationale de sélection des médiathèques