RISING UP AT NIGHT | DOCUMENTARY | By nelson Makengo
After an election period that has shaken its already precarious political and economic stability, the Democratic Republic of the Congo is attempting to revive the project of building Inga III, Africa’s largest power plant, on the Congo River. The capital of Kinshasa is shrouded in darkness and insecurity, and its population is struggling for access to lighting. In a relentless quest, Kudi, the head of a family and a street vendor who sells lighting supplies, unites the people of his neighbourhood to make their dream come true: they hope to purchase electrical cable stolen by gangs in order to restore electricity in time for Christmas and New Year's celebrations. Rising Up at Night is a subtle portrayal of a population that, despite the challenges it faces, is reinventing itself in an environment that is plagued by violence, coloured by the uncertainty of tomorrow, and immersed in the beauty of Kinshasa nights.
Director NELSON MAKENGO | Writer NELSON MAKENGO | Producer FLORIAN SCHEWE | Co-producer DADA KAHINDO (DR CONGO), ROSA SPALIVIERO (BELGIUM), MICHEL K. ZONOG (BURKINA FASO)