Cahier africain

Best Documentary Film 2017 - Awarded

Cahier africain

by Heidi Specogna

It all started with a school exercise book. Its pages were checkered with the testimonies of 300 Central African women, girls and men. They reveal what Congolese mercenaries did to them. On their own initiative they gathered together their testimonies to record the crimes committed against them. The film is a long-term observation that begins accompanying its protagonists in 2008. But while they try to master their difficult daily lives with confidence – and while, in The Hague, the legal prosecution of crimes committed during the last war is still in progress – the next war breaks out.

Heidi Specogna

PS Film GmbH Zürich, Filmpunkt GmbH Köln, ZDF / 3sat Berlin

cinematography: Johann Feindt | editing: Kaya Inan | locationsoundmix: Andreas Turnwald, Florian Hoffmann | soundediting: Kai Tebbel | sounddesign: Kai Tebbel | rerecordingsoundmix: Matthias Lempert | music: Peter Scherer


52. Solothurner Filmtage
16es Escales Documentaires de La Rochelle
59. DOK Leipzig - Internationales Festival für Dokumentar- und Animationsfilm
69° Festival del film Locarno