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      Makala

      Released Aug 24, 2018 1h 36m Documentary List
      88% Tomatometer 26 Reviews 78% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings In Congo, a young peasant dreams of a better future for his loved ones. His only wealth lies in the strength of his arms, the bushland around him and his strong will. As he sets out on dangerous and exhausting adventures to trade the fruit of his work, he discovers the value of his effort and the price he must pay for his dreams. Read More Read Less Watch on Prime Video Stream Now

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      Makala depicts a life that may be unusual to many viewers, but one whose essential struggles still resonate half a world away.

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      Nick Allen RogerEbert.com Filmgoers looking for something to explicitly counter August's summer movie exhaustion should get first in line for Makala. Rated: 4/4 Aug 24, 2018 Full Review Tim Grierson Paste Magazine Makala depicts a harsh reality, but its unexpected beauty comes from the nonchalance of its portrayal. Rated: 8.8/10 Aug 23, 2018 Full Review Ben Kenigsberg New York Times To ponder the colonial implications of a French director exoticizing a Congolese man whose family eats rats for meals is to realize that a movie can be heartwarming and heartless at once. Aug 23, 2018 Full Review Laura Davis One Room With A View The film's spiritual overtones are compelling, however, Makala risks alienating some audiences by its silencing and aestheticization of the subjects it depicts. It is still a blissful 96 minutes, nonetheless. Rated: 3/5 Feb 22, 2019 Full Review Sarah Boslaugh TheArtsStl Makala shows far more than it tells, allowing the story to emerge gradually from a series of gorgeous visuals. Rated: 8/10 Dec 27, 2018 Full Review Sarah Foulkes Nonfics Avoids most of the traps of exoticism...but it makes the mistake of using observation as its only route to intimacy. Apr 21, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member An extremely quiet and methodically paced doc, directed by Emmanuel Gras, that will probably only appeal to the most patient of cinephiles. The film centers on a 28-year-old Congolese man Kabwita Kasongo, living in a rural part of the nation with his family. We will follow him as he laboriously cuts down a huge tree and prepares an oven to make charcoal (makala in Swahili). He will eventually make enough to begin the 50 kilometer exhausting and dangerous trek from his hometown of Walemba to the urban market, utilizing a most overloaded bicycle, where with the proceeds of the sales he hopes to begin construction of a better home for himself and his family. Once in the city, Kabwita will have to contend with the haggling of buyers and the high cost of construction materials. He will often have to rely on his strong faith to get through some of life's harsh realities. Overall, if one has the patience the engaging naturalness of this film offers a number of rewards to the viewer. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis In Congo, a young peasant dreams of a better future for his loved ones. His only wealth lies in the strength of his arms, the bushland around him and his strong will. As he sets out on dangerous and exhausting adventures to trade the fruit of his work, he discovers the value of his effort and the price he must pay for his dreams.
      Director
      Emmanuel Gras
      Producer
      Nicolas Anthomé
      Distributor
      Kino Lorber
      Production Co
      Bathysphère Productions
      Genre
      Documentary
      Original Language
      Swahili
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Aug 24, 2018, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Nov 8, 2018
      Runtime
      1h 36m
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