DVD National diploma - Dieudo Hamadi

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Dieudo Hamadi's second feature film, a frontal and powerful look at Congolese society, through a group of young Congolese high school students who are ejected from school because they haven’t paid the teachers’ fees and try to study on their own for their final exam : the national diploma.

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National Diploma follows a group of young Congolese high school students who are about to sit the exam for their National Diploma, the equivalent of the French baccalaureate, in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of Congo. Dieudo Hamadi’s camera films them as they prepare for the exam, from the benches of the school that they are regularly ejected from because they haven’t paid the "teachers’ fees" to the “maquis” (a communal house) where they gather to revise and the chaotic streets of the city where they spend their time “looking for a living”.

SCAM award Cinéma du Réel 2014

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Subtitles:
Français - English
Running time:
92min
Bonus:
Interview with the director
Language:
Lingala
Country:
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Director:
Dieudo Hamadi
Year:
2014