Makongo (2020)

  • Documentary
  • 1h 12m

Elvis Sabin’s assured debut follows Albert and André, two Central African Aka Pygmies, as they attempt to establish a new education system in their forest community. The last in their village still attending school, they are determined to pass their knowledge on, holding classes for other Aka children every afternoon. But their project requires funding and they are counting on the year’s caterpillar (known as ‘Makongo’) harvest to provide much needed income. Evocatively capturing the visual and sonic textures of the forest, Makongo is a layered ethnographic study of two men working to build a sustainable future for their community.

In partnership with Film Africa.

Read a commissioned essay on the film by Tega Okiti here.

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Akan, Sango, French

Bonus Content

13 mins
Makongo Director Q&A

Q&A with Director Elvis Sabin Ngaïbino.

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