Makala

Directed by Emmanuel Gras

Year: 2018
Running Time: 96
Color Type: Color
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Country: France
Language: Swahili and French with English subtitles
Booking Inquiry Playdates Shop Home Video

Makala

Crew
Directed by Emmanuel Gras


Makala (Swahili for "charcoal"), the new documentary by Emmanuel Gras, is a powerful testament to one man's commitment to his family, and his endurance in working to provide them with a brighter future. Kasongo, a 28-year-old man living in Congo with his wife and daughters, dreams of purchasing a plot of land on which to build his family a home. He sees his opportunity to earn money by selling charcoal, culled from the ashes of a mighty hardwood tree that he has felled and baked in an earthen oven. Loading up the bags of charcoal onto the back of his bicycle, Kasongo sets off on a daunting journey – up steep hills and across treacherous roads – to sell the charcoal at market. Featuring stunning cinematography that finds beauty in this tireless labor, Makala won the 2017 Grand Prize and Golden Eye Special Mention for Best Documentary at International Critics Week in Cannes.

Reviews

“Resonates on a powerful emotional level. The poetic imagery and elegant sound design all contribute to a mesmerizing, lyrical descent into this cycle of survival, which ultimately embodies a universal struggle. A riveting adventure. One of this summer’s must-sees.”

“Edifying. A labor of love about back-breaking labor.”

“Intimate, rewarding. An appreciation of the need for perseverance and endurance in the face of considerable despair.”

“Evocative. Embraces the subject’s every move with such rapt intimacy and cinematic poetry it’s easy to forget this is not a fictional drama.”



Awards

  • Grand Prix – Cannes Critics' Week

  • Best Documentary – COLCOA French Film Festival in Los Angeles

Press Kit

Hi-Res Poster

Hi-Res Images

Trailer Embed Code

Click here to learn more at Kino Lorber Edu. Interested in bringing Makala to your school or library? If you'd like to have an in-class viewing, on-campus screening, or purchase the DVD for your library's collection, please visit our site or contact Estelle Grosso at EDU@kinolorber.com or call (212) 629-6880 with your request.

To read more about Kino Lorber Edu's terms of use and ordering information, visit Kino Lorber Edu.

PLAYDATES

Venue City Date
Museum of Modern Art New York 1535083200August 24 - August 30, 2018
New Directors/New Films New York 1522555200April 1 - April 2, 2018


Join the conversation
'@KinoLorber' on Oct. 22 2020 at 1:37pm
In case you missed it, here's the full thread of our conversation about #NATIONTIME with' @ReignOfApril' and…' https://t.co/VRhYVJnHgH'
'@KinoLorber' on Oct. 22 2020 at 1:33pm
@ReignOfApril We also want to give a special shoutout to Bobby Seale, who was a delegate at the Gary convention and…' https://t.co/decmqPErTC'
'@KinoLorber' on Oct. 22 2020 at 1:30pm
@ReignOfApril You can learn which virtual cinemas near you are screening #NATIONTIME at' https://t.co/4XsBin1nPa.' We…' https://t.co/iys8Nq2UTQ'
'@KinoLorber' on Oct. 22 2020 at 1:28pm
RT' @ReignOfApril': Q5. One of the key takeaways from the restored documentary #NATIONTIME and the convention itself was the importance of ha…
'@KinoLorber' on Oct. 22 2020 at 1:25pm
RT' @ReignOfApril': Q4. Turning to' @Mvmnt4BlkLives' now. You hosted the 2020 Black National Convention this year, which was directly inspired…
'@KinoLorber' on Oct. 22 2020 at 1:20pm
RT' @mxdwnmovies': .' @KinoLorber' has acquired restored historical documentary #Nationtime' https://t.co/JyckN6rzCd'' https://t.co/0LNVyvwfSw'
'@KinoLorber' on Oct. 22 2020 at 1:20pm
RT' @WindiWorldDaily': Kino Lorber Plans North American Release Of #SidneyPoitier-Narrated Doc ‘#Nationtime’ About The National Black Politic…
'@KinoLorber' on Oct. 22 2020 at 1:19pm
@ReignOfApril' @harrybelafonte' (cont'd)' @RPCoalition' founder' @RevJJackson', Fannie Lou Hamer and Queen Mother Moore,…' https://t.co/YkVj3Setrn'
'@KinoLorber' on Oct. 22 2020 at 1:16pm
@ReignOfApril #NATIONTIME is narrated by Sidney Poitier combined with poems recited by' @harrybelafonte'. Delegates i…' https://t.co/v7kKNuytGt'
'@KinoLorber' on Oct. 22 2020 at 1:14pm
RT' @IrishFilmCritic': Movie Review: #Nationtime Recounts An Extraordinary Piece Of American History That Should Never Be Forgotten' https://t…'
Tweet Now!

Inquiries & Press

General Inquiries

Kino Lorber, Inc.
333 W. 39th St., Ste. 503
New York, NY 10018
Tel. (212) 629-6880
Tel. (800) 562-3330
Fax. (212) 714-0871

Press & Media

For publicity assistance and press inquiries please contact us by emailing dninh@kinolorber.com or calling 212-629-6880.

Educational

Please visit our educational site at www.KinoLorberEDU.com

For assistance with educational orders, please contact us at:

Phone:212-629-6880
Fax: 212-714-0871
Email: edu@kinolorber.com