Boxing Libreville

  • France 
  • Belgium 
  • Gabon 
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Libreville, Gabon, 2016. Christ, a young boxer, trains relentlessly by day and earns his living as a doorman at nightclubs. At the same time, another combat is being played out, or played out again —that of the presidential election. As in other African countries recently, there is hope for a democratic transition this time: it is possible that Ali Bongo, the outgoing president and son of Omar Bongo, president from 1967 until his death, may not be re-elected for a second term.

By filming simple scenes in Christ’s daily life—the training sessions during which he has to stay consistent, the intimacy of his relationships which often involves disputes and reconciliation—Amédée Pacôme Nkoulou suggests more than he shows. His film follows a certain practice in African film that takes care to circumventing taboo or censorship. Politics is merely a backdrop from which Christ seems completely detached. It is discussed only at night or on the TV sets that remain switched on while everyone sleeps. And yet, it is indeed what governs the life of Christ.


  • Original title
    Boxing Libreville
  • Direction
  • DOP
    Marcel Edou, Richard Moumba, Pierre Ceccaldi
  • Editing
    Mélanie Braux
  • Sound
    Cédric Poulicard, Donation Ngassi
  • Duration
    54 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • France
    • Belgium
    • Gabon
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • Visions du réel, Nyon
    • DOK.fest Munich
    • Fidadoc Agadir
    • Ecrans noirs, Yaoundé
    • Etats généraux du film documentaire Lussas
    • Festival du film Africain Lausanne
    • Film Africa Londres
    • Festival International du film francophone de Namur
    • Nommé au Africa Movie Award
    • Afrikamera, Berlin
    • Festival des cinémas africain du Pays D’Apt
    • Festival de Louxor
    • Festicab Burundi
    • Festival Ânûû-rû Âboro Nouméa
  • Awards
    • FIRST PRIZE DOCUMENTARY FILM 2018 (Festival of African Cinemas of Tangier and Tarifa)
    • FIDADOC JURY PRIZE Agadir 2018
    • Seytou Africa, Paris is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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