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Letters from the Continent by Studios Kabako

Segal Center Film Festival on Theatre and Performance (FTP) 2022 is pleased to present

Letters from the Continent


by Studios Kabako

Country: Congo, Democratic Republic of the | Running Time: 80 | Language: French  | Year Of Inception: 2020

About Letters from the Continent

They live and create in Lagos, Dakar, Maputo, Moroni, Tunis, Kinshasa or Cape Town… Crisis has gone through: health crisis, political crisis, economic crisis above all. But for some of them, crisis has always been there, turning them into everyday wizards! From the place they live and dream, each of them tells his/her daily life, difficulties, worries but also survival strategies and hopes. More than ever, they reaffirm the urgency to create, here and now, against all odds…

Written and shot in May-June 2020, these 21 letters, these 21 self-portraits evoke this new generation of dancers, choreographers, performers, actors who juggle their daily lives to invent and share stories of a continent in full mutation.

Fatoumata Bagayoko (Mali, sent from Bamako)
Collectif d’Art-d’Art / Michael Disanka & Christiana Tabaro (DRCongo, sent from Kinshasa)
Cie La Mer noire / Alioune Sow, Khoudia Touré, Kirsner Tsengou Dingha, Pierre-Claver Belleka (Senegal, sent from Dakar)
Hamdi Dridi (Tunis, sent from Montpellier / France)
Didier Ediho (DRCongo, sent from Kinshasa)
Chourouk El-Mahati, Moad Haddadi, Mohamed Lamqayssi (Maroc, sent from Belfort / France)
Kaïsha Essiane (Gabon, sent from Libreville)
Marcel Gbeffa (Benin, sent from Gaborone / Botswana)
Qondiswa James (Republic of South Africa, sent from Cape Town)
Samwel Japhet (Tanzania, sent from Dar-es-Salaam)
Jeannot Kumbonyeki (DRCongo, sent from Kinshasa)
Souleymane Ladji Kone (Burkina Faso, sent from Ouagadougou)
Seifeddine Manai (Tunisie, sent from Tunis)
Judith Olivia Manantenasoa (Madagascar, sent from Antananarivo)
Dorine Mokha (DRCongo, sent from Lubumbashi)
Abdoul Mujyambere (Rwanda, sent from Kigali)
Salim Mzé Hamadi Moisi (Comoros, sent from Moroni)
Nagham Salah Othman (Soudan, sent from Cairo)
Germaine Sikota (Togo, sent from Lome)
Maria Tembé (Mozambique, sent from Maputo)
Westsyde Lifestyle / Ambrose Idemudia Joshua, Daniel Emmanuel Olajuwon, Ordia Eromose & Osokoya Yemi (Nigeria, sent from from Lagos)

Conception & artistic direction: Virginie Dupray, Faustin Linyekula,
Post-production : Faustin Linyekula
Assistant postproduction : Franck Moka
Stagiaires post-production : Samuel Abotipay, Chimène Baofa, Benjamin Bukasa, Derhwa Kasunzu,
Loys Linyekula, Antoine Mawazo, Dorcas Mulamba
Musique originale : Franck Moka
Production : Studios Kabako / Virginie Dupray
Assistant production : Jonathan Adnan, Isaac Yenga
Coproduction: A-CDCN / CEC ArtsLink / Charleroi Danse Centre chorégraphique de Wallonie Bruxelles
L’échangeur CDCN Hauts-de-France / Festival de Marseille / Hau Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin
Institut français in Paris / Kaserne Basel / Manège, scène nationale, Reims
La Manufacture, CDCN Nouvelle Aquitaine Bordeaux La Rochelle / MC 93 Bobigny
Palais des Beaux-Arts (BOZAR) Brussels / Spielart Theaterfestival Munich
Prohelvetia Johannesburg, with the Swiss Arts Council & Swiss Agency for Development
Théâtre de Vidy-Lausanne / Touka danses CDCN Guyane
With support from: L’Art Rue Tunis and the National Arts Festival – RSA

Thanks to Villa Albertine in partnership with the French Embassy in the United States

About Studios Kabako

Studios Kabako was founded in 2001 by director and choreographer Faustin Linyekula in Kinshasa. In addition to the production and distribution of Faustin Linyekula’s works, Studios Kabako supports young artists and experts from Congo in the training and production of their works in a holistic approach. They receive financial support, residencies and artistic and technical advice. The support of artists is adapted to their curriculum vitae and includes the fields of dance, theater, but also cultural management and technical management. Since 2007,
the studios have been located in Kisangani and have been expanded to include the fields of music, film and video. They also work with communities in the Lubunga District on education, drinking water, sustainability and environmental projects. In 2018, they acquired their first pilot drinking water treatment plant and land.

About The Festival

The Segal Center Film Festival on Theatre and Performance (FTP) is an annual event showcasing films drawn from the world of theatre and performance. The festival presents experimental, emerging, and established theatre artists and filmmakers from around the world to audiences and industry professionals. The 7th annual festival will focus on work for the screen created by theatre artists during the Time of Corona. The festival will be held digitally from March 1st – 15th 2022.

Explore projects created under Letters from the Continent from March 1st to March 15th 2022 on the Segal Center Film Festival on Theatre and Performance (FTP) website.

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