Kalamata ShortDocs

Creative Documentary Center
The film is available for a certain number of online screenings during the festival.

Congo Calling

In eastern Congo, three European development aid workers are forced to question what it means to help. Raúl, a French-Spanish economist doing research on rebel groups, realizes that he is leading his Congolese colleagues into great temptation with his project funds,  Peter from Germany, after 30 years in Africa, reaches retirement age and he is fighting a losing battle to stay in Congo and the relationship of Anne-Laure, from Belgium, is put to the test when her Congolese boyfriend, after a stay in prison, becomes a high-profile regime critic. Deeply personal insights into coexistence and cooperation between Europe and Africa – and the question: how helpful is the help of the West?

  • Producers: Stephan Hilpert, Lilian Dammann
  • Cinematographer / DOP: Daniel Samer
  • Editor: Miriam Märk
  • Credits:

    Director of Photography: Daniel Samer; Editor: Miriam Märk; Music composer: Sebastian Fillenberg; Commissioning Editor: Eva Katharina Klöcker (ZDF / Das kleine Fernsehspiel)

  • Awards

    Max Ophüls Prize film festival Saarbrücken January 17, 2019 World Premiere Winner - Audience Award for Best Documentary Germany Achtung Berlin - New Berlin Film Award Berlin April 14, 2019 nominated for Best Documentary Germany Filmkunstfest MV Schwerin May 3, 2019 Winner - Award for Best Cinematography (Documentary) Germany DOK.fest Munich Munich May 9, 2019 Winner - FFF Documentary Talent Award Germany dokKa Festival Karlsruhe May 30, 2019 nominated for Best Documentary Germany Deutscher Dokumentarfilmpreis / German Documentary Award (SWR Doku Festival) Stuttgart June 26, 2019 nominated for the German Documentary Award Germany Fünf Seen Filmfestival Starnberg September 10, 2019 nominated for the "Horizonte" Human Rights Award Germany Kolkata International Film Festival Kolkata November 10, 2019 International Premiere India Festival Ciné Droit Libre Abidjan November 15, 2019 African Premiere Côte d'Ivoire Kinofest Lünen Lünen November 16, 2019 Official Selection Germany London Migration Film Festival London December 3, 2019 UK Premiere United Kingdom Africa Alive Festival Frankfurt January 30, 2020 Germany Boddinale Berlin February 25, 2020 Germany German International Ethnographic Film Festival Göttingen May 17, 2020 Official Selection Germany Liberation Docfest Bangladesh Dhaka June 18, 2020 Bangladesh Premiere Section "Cinema of the World" Bangladesh Africlap Toulouse August 27, 2020 French Premiere Competition France Sucre International Film Festival of Human Rights Sucre September 1, 2020 Latin American Premiere Official Selection Bolivia, Plurinational State of International Documentary Festival Visioni dal Mondo Milano September 20, 2020 Italian Premiere International Contest "Storytellers of our time: a mirror into the future" Italy APOX Film Festival Losinj October 4, 2020 Croatia Premiere Competition feature documentary movies Croatia International Festival of Ethnological Film Belgrade October 13, 2020 Serbia Premiere Informative (non-competitive) program Serbia Congo in Harlem New York October 16, 2020 Official Selection United States International Film Festival Etnofilm Čadca Čadca October 20, 2020 Slovakia Premiere International Competition Slovakia Deutscher Menschenrechts-Filmpreis (German Human Rights Film Award) October 25, 2020 nominated for the German Human Rights Film Award Germany Festival Interférences Lyon November 5, 2020 Competition France Arica Nativa Rural Film Festival Arica November 6, 2020 Chile Premiere "Afrika Feature Films" Competition Chile Festival International de Cinéma de Kinshasa Kinshasa November 10, 2020 Congolese Premiere Official Selection Congo Nepal Human Rights International Film Festival Kathmandu November 27, 2020 Nepal Terraviva Film Festival Bologna December 15, 2020 Italy Days of Ethnographic Film Ljubljana March 3, 2021 Slovenia Premiere Official Selection Slovenia iRepresent International Documentary Film Festival Lagos March 19, 2021 Nigerian Premiere Official Selection Nigeria African Diaspora Cinema Festival Florence June 26, 2021 Winner - Best Feature Documentary Italy Africa Human Rights Film Festival Johannesburg October 29, 2021 South Africa Premiere Winner - Best African Feature Documentary South Africa Festival Internacional de Cine Africano de Argentina Buenos Aires November 1, 2021 Argentina Premiere International Competition Argentina Africa International Film Festival Lagos November 9, 2021 Nigeria Global Health Film Festival London November 26, 2021 United Kingdom Alter do Chão Film Festival - FestAlter Alter do Chão December 8, 2021 Brazilian Premiere Brazil Mashariki African Film Festival Kigali December 10, 2021 Rwanda Premiere International Competition Rwanda Peloponnisos International Documentary Festival Peloponnisos January 21, 2022 Greek Premiere Greece

    *Data is limited to before submission to PelDocFest


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