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Mama Colonel

Mama Colonel

A Feature film by Dieudo Hamadi

Produced by Cinédoc Films

Production year : 2016

    Synopsis

    Colonel Honorine Munyole is a robust forty-four-year-old widow and mother of seven young children – four of her own, three adopted. She wields her uniform, beret and black handbag like a protective shield, which her daily work desperately requires. More or less on her own, she runs a small police unit dedicated to protecting women who’ve been raped and children who’ve suffered abuse in the war-plagued regions of the Congo. At the start of Maman Colonelle, she’s transferred from Bukavu to Kisangani, arriving only to discover her future home and office in a desolate state. While she deals with such practical obstacles with suitable feistiness, the traumas and social deformities of the people around her have nightmarish dimensions: the envy surrounding those with state-recognised ‘victim’ status, hope for help from the ‘whites’, depression, helplessness. Although it’s hard for a Western audience to understand from where exactly this woman draws her strength, we follow her mission with growing fascination nonetheless. The film is at once a tribute to a heroine of our times and the document of a true achievement with respect to civilization.

     

    Production and distribution (3)

    Executive Producer :

    Cinédoc Films

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    AndanaFilms

    Foreign production company :

    Mutotu Productions

    Full credits (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Christian Lelong

    Foreign Producer :

    Kiripi Katembo Siku

    Screenwriter :

    Dieudo Hamadi

    Editor :

    Anne Renardet

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Documentary

    Production language :

    French, Swahili, Lingalà

    Coproducer countries :

    France, Democratic Republic of the Congo

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Production year :

    2016

    French release :

    Runtime :

    1 h 12 min

    Current status :

    Approval :