Selection : 2022 feature films

We, Students!

Rafiki Fariala

2022
Central African Republic / France / Arabie Saoudite / / République démocratique du Congo
1h22
Documentary
Col.
VOSTF

Showtimes

  • 11/22/2022 20:30 Pathé

    followed by a debate with Rafiki Fariala

  • 11/24/2022 14:00 Pathé

Navigating between crowded classrooms, day jobs to make ends meet and their teenage flings, Nestor, Aaron, Benjamin and Rafiki try to complete their economics studies at Bengui University, in the Central African Republic. Despite corruption that gnaws at this shattered country, youths keep on dreaming of a better future. 

Rafiki Fariala grew up in the Central African Republic after his parents fled the war in Congo. He first turned to music and recorded several hits, under his artist name Rafiki-RH20. In 2017, he participated in a documentary workshop at Ateliers Varan in Bangui and directed his first short film Mbi na mo. We, student!, his first feature film, kicked off his career at the Berlinale in the Panorama section before being selected in many international festivals (Cinéma du réel, la Viennale...).

 

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We, students! sounds like the beginning of a manifesto; one written by the youths of a country that has had little contact with filmmaking so far. Rafiki Fariala is the first Central-African director to have competed at the Berlin IFF, and much like his fellow countryman Elvis Sabin Ngaïbino (Makongo, 2020), he has filled that void, thus asserting their presence to the world. After a memorable first short film, this student from Bangui–for whom filmmaking was not a foregone conclusion–naturally focuses on his own routine at university. Nous, étudiants! becomes an integral part of his friendship with Nestor, Aaron and Benjamin. Having accepted this deal, his friends confide in him freely, and walk us through the streets of Bangui where, in-between classes, they experience their teenage flings and worry about their future. Rafiki Fariala proves a surprisingly skilled filmmaker and conveys with infectious drive, a loving outlook on his friends.

Claire-Emmanuelle Blot

Cast
Nestor Ngbandi Ngouyou, Aaron Koyasoukpengo, Benjamin Kongo Sombot, Rafiki Fariala
Screenplay
Rafiki Fariala
Photography
Rafiki Fariala
Sound
Anne-Bertille Ndeysseit Vopiande, Aaron Koyasoukpengo
Music
Rafiki Fariala
Editing
Xavier Sirven, Christian Moïse Nzengue
Production
Makongo Films, Unité, Kiripifilms

CONTACT : 
Jour2Fête, Eglantine Stasiecki
eglantine.stasiecki@jour2fete.com 

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