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Rumba Rules, New Genealogies

David N. Bernatchez et Sammy Baloji / 2020 / 107 min. / Canada, Belgium, Democratic Republic of Congo / Lingala

Synopsis

Permeating the daily life of one of the great orchestras of the current generation, Rumba Rules proposes an incursion into the arcanes of a monumental African music. Ya Mayi, Lumumba, Xéna La Guerrière, Pitchou Travolta, Alfred Solo, Soleil Patron and many others: nearly thirty artists feed the creative life of the Brigade Sarbati Orchestra. By entering the group and the city of Kinshasa, the film gets into the rumba as if it were penetrating a rootstock. Through studio work, rehearsals and concerts, different portraits offer a foray into the dynamics and stories of this highly acclaimed Congolese music. From local roots to the patrons from the diaspora, the voices of Rumba Rules polyphony are past and present.

Cast & Crew

  • Screenplay : David N. Bernatchez, Kiripi Katembo-Siku et Sammy Baloji
  • Cinematographer : Kiripi Katembo-Siku, David N. Bernatchez, Sammy Baloji et Nelson Makengo
  • Editor : David N. Bernatchez et Michel Giroux
  • Sound : Huitième Merveille, Dolet Malalu et Serge Makobo
  • Sound mix : Alexis Pilon-Gladu
  • Sound editor : Simon Gervais
  • Music : Brigade Sarbati Orchestra, Papa Wemba et Franco Luambo
  • Cast : Brigade Sarbati and his Orchestra
  • Production : PAYSDENVIE productions and Twenty Nine Studio & Production

Genre

Documentaire

Topics

Dance, Music

Trailer

Biography

David N. Bernatchez is a Quebec born filmmaker, writer and producer. As an anthropologist, he does multiply projects about Quebec memories, he has investigated the Congolese music scene since 2004. Whether they focus on music, sports or history, Bernatchez’s projects constantly explores social and narrative structures. His films, performances and lectures had been presented in various contexts and countries.

Sammy Baloji is a visual artist and photographer born in Lubumbashi (DR Congo). As a visual artist, Baloji juxtaposes photographic realities, combining past and present, the real and the ideal, to illicit glaring cultural and historical tensions. He explores architecture and the human body as traces of social history, sites of memory, and witnesses to operations of power. He has notably exhibited at the Venice Biennale (2015), Documenta 14 (2017), Musée Pompidou and Paris’ Grand Palais (2020).

Festivals

- 2020 -
In competition | IDFA - International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, Amsterdam

- 2021 -
In competition | DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival, Finland
In competition | Thin Line Film Music Fest, USA
In competition | Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF), Canada
In competition | Afrika FilmFest, The Netherlands
In competition | Festival panafricain du cinéma et de la télévision de Ouagadougou (FESPACO), Burkina Faso
In competition | De Cinéma M HKA, Belgium
In competition | Congo in Harlem, USA
In competition | WOMEX - World Music Expo, Portugal
In competition | AFRIKAMERA, Germany
In competition | CineOdyssey Film Festival, USA

- 2022 -

In competition | FAME - Festival international de films sur la musique, France
In competition | Vues d'Afrique, Canada
In competition | Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma, Canada
In competition | Festival d’Automne, France
In competition | Sundsvall Filmfest, Suède
In competition | Fespaco, Ouagadougou
In competition | Festival International du Cinéma Numérique de Cotonou, Bénin
In competition | FAME, France
In competition | Vues d’Afrique, Canada
In competition | Chambrall Film Fest, India
In competition | RVQC, Canada
In competition | German IEFF, Allemagne
In competition | Afropolis, Belgique
In competition | Ishango Encounters, Goma
In competition | Zanzibar International Film Festival, Tanzanie
In competition | See The Sound Cologne, Allemagne
In competition | Fiesta Sete, France
In competition | Afrykamera, Pologne
In competition | Bruxelles Art Film Festival, Belgique
 
- 2023 -
 
In presentation | Muica, Colombie

Awards

- 2022 -

Nomination | IRIS - Meilleur film documentaire : Rumba Rules réalisé par David N. Bernatchez et Sammy Baloji

Nomination | IRIS - Meilleure direction de la photographie film documentaire : Rumba Rules, Kiripi Katembo-Siku, David N. Bernatchez et Sammy Baloji

Nomination | IRIS - Meilleur son film documentaire : Rumba Rules, Alexis Pilon-Gladu et Simon Gervais

Best Documentary audience Award, Afrykamera (Pologne)

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