Dir. Alain Kassanda, 2022, France, Belgium, 89 min, DCP, color
In Lingala and French with English subtitles
Nominee, 2022 Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival
Born in Kinshasa and living in Paris, filmmaker Alain Kassanda embodies the classic immigrant dual identity: in the Democratic Republic of Congo he is seen as French, while in France he is seen as Congolese. Determined to understand the colonial legacy from which he comes, Kassanda convinces his grandparents—Colette and Justin—to sit for a series of interviews. Together, they watch old news footage, remember a visit from the Belgian king, and recall what life was like as part of the nascent Black bourgeoisie who served the colonial administration.
“A thoughtful debut.” — The Film Verdict