‘Mama Colonel’ to go on screen at Cinema Verite

TEHRAN, Nov. 28 (MNA) – The documentary ‘Mama Colonel’ which won the Jury Prize at 2017 Berlinale Film Festival and the Grand Prize at 2017 Cinéma du Réel documentary festival will be screened at the 11th Cinema Verite International Documentary Film Festival.

‘Mama Colonel’ written and directed by Dieudo Hamadi is a 2017 documentary film co-produced by Congo and France.

The documentary is about Colonel Honorine, more commonly known as Mama Colonel. She works for the Congolese police force and heads the unit for the protection of minors and the fight against violence. She has worked for 15 years in Bukavu, in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. However, when she learns that she is being transferred to Kisangani, she finds herself faced with new challenges. ‘Mama Colonel’ presents the image of a brave and tenacious African woman in her fight for justice.

Dieudo Hamadi the director of ‘Mama Colonel’ was born on 1984 in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. He studied medicine at Kisangani University and after attending documentary film-making workshops, turned to cinema in 2013. He is also known for National Diploma (2014), Atalaku (2013) and Congo in Four Acts (2010). 

‘Mama Colonle’ won the Jury Prize and the Best Forum Film at 2017 Berlinale Film Festival, the Grand Prize at 2017 Cinema du Reel Documentary Festival, the best documentary film at Zanzibar International Film Festival, The Amnesty International Durban Human Rights Award at Durban International Film Festival and the best documentary at 2017 Africa Movie Academy Awards. It has also been shortlisted at 2017 Sheffield Doc Fest, 2017 HotDocs Film Festival and 2017 AFI Docs Documentary Film Festival.

The Documentary and Experimental Film Center (DEFC) organizes the annual Iran International Documentary Film Festival, Cinema Verite. The festival showcases the very best of documentaries in the world in an attempt to bridge the gap between reality and truth. The 11th Cinema Verite will be held from 10-17 December 2017, Tehran.
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