Synopsis:
Katanga in the Democratic Republic of the Congo : modern-day El Dorado, new world economic relations are woven through billion-dollar transactions. Among the new actors, tens of thousands of “diggers” search for ways to survive by illegally occupying the concessions of mining multinationals whereas legal workers fight for barely decent salaries and working conditions.   An extremely wealthy provincial governor, praised by the masses; a Belgian manager also known as “The King of Katanga”, a Canadian CEO and a kind of white sorcerer attempting to save an obsolete, State-run industrial empire; a Chinese businessman who just signed the mining contract of the century with the Congolese government. And these are the people who draw up the new strategic alliances in Africa today. Their destinies intertwine in a tragicomedy staged on economic and social wars. Their symbolic and prophetic dimension make Katanga Business an edifying tale full of dark humour and realism about globalisation, its hopes and its gloomy setbacks.
Recent selection(s):
FESPACO - Pan-African Film Festival of Ouagadougou (Ouagadougou)
Director's filmography:
- Gosses de Rio (TV)
- Carnet de tournage, le making of de Congo river (TV)
- A fleur de terre (1990 - Feature)
- Zaïre, le cycle du serpent (1992 - Feature)
- Les derniers colons (1995 - TV)
- Donka, radioscopie d'un hôpital africain (1996 - Feature)
- Mobutu, Roi du Zaïre (1999 - Feature)
- Iran, sous le voile des apparences (2002 - Feature)
- Congo River, au-delà des Ténèbres (2005 - Feature)
- Katanga business (2009 - Feature)
- Mémoire du Congo - Zaïre: fragments inédits de Thierry Michel (2010)
- L'affaire Chebeya, un crime d'Etat? (2012 - Feature)
- L'irrésistible ascension de Moïse Katumbi (2013 - Feature)
- L'homme qui répare les femmes (La colère d'Hippocrate) (2014 - Feature)
- Enfants du hasard (2017 - Feature)
Web:
http://www.katanga-lefilm.com
Type:
Feature
Genre:
Doc
Year of production:
2009
Status:
Finished
Runtime:
120'
Original Version:
français
Majority:
Yes
Sales:
Doc & Film International
Poster