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Tribute to Petna Ndaliko Katondolo, Part 2

Film still from KUMBUKA: People at a market, a few men looking at a photo wall.
KUMBUKA © Petna Ndaliko Katondolo

Sun 11.06.

  • Director

    Petna Ndaliko Katondolo

  • USA, Netherlands, Democratic Republic of the Congo / 2021
    59 min. / DCP / Original version with English subtitles


KUMBUKA tells the story of two emerging African filmmakers as they struggle to re-edit the acclaimed yet controversial film shot by a Dutch filmmaker in Congo. Interspersed with their story are two contradictory collections of archival footage.

KUMBUKA was screened in the Berlinale Forum Expanded program in 2022. More information about the film can be found here.

  • Director

    Petna Ndaliko Katondolo

  • Democratic Republic of the Congo / 2004
    13 min. / DCP / Without dialogue


“Cinéma calebasse” is a 50-year-old genre of cinema depicting Africa from the perspective of foreigners fixated on the “exotic,” with plots and characters shackled by clichés. The calabash is the metaphoric reduction of diverse African cultures that came to represent this genre, a genre that depicts both embodied practices and the power of dominant ideology in media, a genre that—historically speaking—has contributed to the oppression of the continent. How to reclaim the history of images from a perspective that fosters dreams for the future? LAMOKOWANG is a meditation on history, imagination and potential, a refreshed and reified Calabash full of questions, reflections and dreams.

Petna Ndaliko Katondolo is a filmmaker, activist, and educator. His multigenre artistic works are known for their decolonial Afrofuturistic artistic style, which engages historical content to address contemporary sociopolitical and cultural issues. In 2000 he co-founded Yole!Africa and in 2005 he founded the Salaam Kivu International Film Festival. Ndaliko Katondolo teaches and consults regularly for international organizations, addressing social and political inequity among marginalized groups through culture and education.

Funded by:

  • Logo Minister of State for Culture and the Media