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by Nelson Makengo


Darkness falls over Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and its 17 million inhabitants. It is just before Christmas and people are struggling to gain access to electric light. Kudi is mobilising the residents of his Kisenso neighbourhood to collect money for a new power cable. On Mount Mangengenge, a holy place overlooking the city, Pastor Gédéon delivers a sermon about the light of Christ as the path to life and truth. Davido is searching for a place to stay after his house was flooded by the Congo River. Together with other young men, he kills time by working out and dreams of a better future. Tongo Saa is a sensitive portrait of the residents of Kinshasa as they face the challenges of life in an environment plagued by violence and coloured by the uncertainty of tomorrow.

international title: Rising Up at Night
original title: Tongo Saa
country: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Belgium, Germany, Burkina Faso, Qatar
sales agent: Square Eyes
year: 2024
genre: fiction
directed by: Nelson Makengo
film run: 96'
screenplay: Nelson Makengo
cinematography by: Nelson Makengo
film editing: Inneke Van Waeyenberghe
music: Bao Sissoko, Wouter Vandenabeele
producer: Rosa Spaliviero, Dada Kahindo Siku
co-producer: Florian Schewe, Michel K. Zongo, Marie Logie, Samuel Feller, Isabelle Christiaens
production: Twenty Nine Studio & Production, Film Five, Magellan Films, Auguste Orts, RTBF - Radio Télévision Belge Francophone, Mutotu Productions (CD), Diam Production (BF)

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