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Empire of Dust

DIR: Bram Van Paesschen
2011 / Belgium / 77 min

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Two men representing two different cultures clash in the dust of the former Belgian colony, the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Lao Yang and Eddy both work for a company called CREC (Chinese Railway Engineering Company). They have just set up camp near the remote mining town of Kolwezi in the Katanga province of the RDC. The goal of the company is to redo the road - covering 300km - that connects Kolwezi with the capital of the province Lubumbashi.
Lao Yang is head of logistics of the group. He is responsible for the equipment, building materials and food (mainly chickens) to arrive in the isolated Chinese prefab camp. The Congolese government was supposed to deliver these things but so far the team hasn't received anything. With Eddy (a Congolese man who speaks Mandarin fluently) as an intermediate, Lao Yang is forced to leave the camp and deal with local Congolese entrepreneurs, because without the construction materials the road works will cease. What follows is an endless, harsh, but absurdly funny roller coaster of negotiations and misunderstandings, as Lao Yan learns about the Congolese way of making deals.

About

Director Bram Van Paesschen
Screenplay
Dir. of Photography Emmanuel Gras
Editing Bram Van Paesschen, Dieter Diependaele
Music Ferre Grinard, Nick Drake, SMOG, Lee Hazlewood
Sound Emmanuel Gras
Duration 77 min
Year 2011
Country Belgium
Colour Colour
Tags Africa, industry, postcolonialism, social issues, work
Production Savage Film
Savage Film
Address:  Opzichterstraat 70/7
City:  1080 Brussels
Country:  Belgium
Web:  www.savagefilm.be/
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Phone:  (+32 0) 2 711 42 91

Distribution UniversCiné Belgium SA
UniversCiné Belgium SA
Country:  Belgium
Web:  www.fr.universcine.be/
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Festivals

IDFA (The Netherlands, 2011 ...

IDFA (The Netherlands, 2011)


DOC Leipzig (Germany, 2011)


Kassel Documentary Film & Video Festival (Germany, 2011)


Filmer à tout prix (Belgium, 2011)


This Human World (Austria, 2011)


Cinema Nova Festival (Belgium, 2012)


Docpoint - Helsinki Documentary Film Festival (Finland, 2012)


Champ-Contrechamp - Festival de Lasalle (France, 2012)


Contro-Sguardi Festival (Italy, 2012)


Opendoek Film Festival (Belgium, 2012)


Visions du Réel Film Festival (Switzerland, 2012)


Docville Leuven - Best Belgian Documentary (Belgium, 2012)


DOK.fest Münich (Germany, 2012)


Picture House Hackney London (UK, 2012)


Open City London (UK, 2012)


Film Festival Oostende (Belgium, 2012)

Awards

Docville Leuven - Best Belgian ...

Docville Leuven - Best Belgian Documentary (Belgium, 2012)



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