BY HEIDI SPECOGNA
It all started with a small school exercise book. Its pages were checkered with the courageous testimonies of 300 Central African women, girls and men. They reveal what Congolese mercenaries did to them in the wake of armed conflict. On their own initiative, they gathered together their testimonies in this book to record the crimes committed against them.
cahier africain is a long-term observation that begins accompanying its protagonists in 2008. But while they try to master their difficult daily lives with confidence – and while, in The Hague, the legal prosecution of crimes committed during the last war is still in progress – the next war breaks out in the Central African Republic.
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FESTIVALS & AWARDS
German Filmaward Best Documentary 2017
Swiss Film Award, Best Documentary Film 2017
Swiss Film Award, Best Film Editing 2017
DOK Leipzig, Silberne Taube 2016 and Preis der Interreligiösen Jury 2016
Locarno Festival, Premio Zonta Club Locarno (Settimana della critica ) 2016
Locarno International Film Festival 2016 / DOK Leipzig 2016 / Films de Femmes 39ans / Luxor African Film Festival 2017 / DOKfest Munich 2017 / The Encounters South African International Documentary Film Festival 2017 / Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival 2017