Selected at the 33rd edition of the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) as a world premiere, the film will be screened in France in the presence of Sammy Baloji on Sunday, June 6, 2021 at Silencio pop-up, 22 rue Guillaume Apollinaire, Paris 6e.
In accordance with the latest sanitary regulations, two sessions with limited seating are planned: 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm and 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. A presentation by Sammy Baloji will take place between the two screenings.
Booking is mandatory (available soon).
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. An essay on the meaning of self and rootedness, the film culminates in a kind of urban polyphony.
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.
Directors: David N. Bernatchez and Sammy Baloji with the coll. of Kiripi Katembo Siku
Image: Kiripi Katembo Siku, Sammy Baloji, David N. Bernatchez, Nelson Makengo
Sound: David N. Bernatchez, Dolet Malalu, Serge Makobo
Editing: David N. Bernatchez
Colourgrading: Miléna Trivier
Sound design and mix: Simon Gervais
Producers: Rosa Spaliviero and David N. Bernatchez
Associate producers: Carlo Lechea, Kiripi Katembo Siku, Serge Makobo
Executive production : Paysdenvie and Twenty Nine Studio & Production
Associate production : Mutotu and Idea
In coproduction with : Mu.ZEE (Ostende) and Festival d’Automne à Paris
With the support of : CALQ- Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec ; FRQSC- Fond de Recherche du Québec sur la Société et la Culture ; PRIM- Productions Réalisations Indépendantes de Montréal ; SPIRA- Coopérative de cinéastes indépendants