Kinshasa Palace (Congo: 2006)

Director

Zeka Laplaine

Cast list

Producer: Bakia Films, Histoires Weba

Screenplay: Zeka Laplaine

Music: Gilles Fournier

Cinematographer: Octavio Espirito Santo

Editor: Agnès Contensou

Synopsis

A filmmaker travels across Paris, Lisbon, Kinshasa, and Cambodia in search of a missing brother in this provocative cinematic whatsit, a mix of family mystery, colonial exposé, and Chris Marker-style essay-poem. Filmmaker José Zeka Laplaine plays Kaze, a Paris-based Congolese immigrant looking for his missing brother Max, but finding only dreams and memories: of Congo in the 1970s, when Muhammad Ali was on the television and hope was in the air, or of their father, a white man now returned to Europe while their mother, as proud as ever, stayed in Kinshasa. Created out of family photos, stock footage, and home-video images of several generations of a family still caught between Europe and Africa, Kinshasa Palace refuses to say where reality ends and fiction begins; like its subject Max, it enjoys getting lost along the borders. Between the lines, though, lurk the ramifications of colonialism, family displacement, and the global African diaspora. (Written by Africultures)

Reviews

Weissberg, Jay. "Review: 'Kinshasa Palace'". Variety (online magazine)