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Trailer For "Dimanche à Brazzaville" ("Sunday In Brazzaville") - Pink Suits, Hip Hop & Catch In One Crazy Congo Weekend

by Tambay A. Obenson
January 5, 2012 3:45 PM
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In watching this teaser trailer for a new documentary titled Dimanche à Brazzaville (or Sunday In Brazzaville for English Speakers) I immediately thought of the "Swenkas" - the South African Zulu men who call themselves "Swenkas" and compete for cash and prizes in an event that's part fashion show, part choreography, and part moral code.

Although the film is much more than that; what tickled my memory is just a 3rd of its subject matter.

By the way, Brazzaville is the capital and largest city in the Republic of the Congo in central Africa.

Set to make its US premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which runs from January 26th through February 5th, the film's synopsis reads:

A young radio talk host, Carlos La Menace, unveils in his weekend show three figures of Congo’s capital, Brazzaville. The Sapeur Yves Saint Laurent, surrounded by extreme poverty, chooses elegance as a way of life. Cheriff Bakala is not a usual rapper. Mixes hip hop with Congolese folk, and uses local instruments, such as drums made up with water cans. He’s about to record his first album in a country with almost no producers. Finally, Palmas Yaya, Brazzaville’s wrestling champion is relying on voodoo to defend its throne in a crucial moment of his life…

Or its 1-sentence descriptionr: Pink suits, Hip Hop and catch in a crazy Congo Weekend.

The film was directed by Enric Bach & Adrià Monés.

I'd love to see the rest of this.

Watch the teaser trailer below:

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  • bondgirl | January 7, 2012 9:38 AMReply

    Are they for real right now?? The only thing I can think of while watching this, is wondering in which direction from where he's standing are the RAPE CAMPS abusing women 24-7?? Get your priorities in check for God's sake.

  • bondgirl | January 7, 2012 4:08 PM

    @T'Challa: Thanks for the correction, Belgian & French Congo are often mistaken for the most transparent of reasons. As for the meaning behind my statements, I still stand behind them. Africa is in no way in a position for frivolity. It's an ignored toilet. Filmmaking would be better used to innovate civil rights in that region, rather than have people like us who get to eat 3 meals a day be amused by their countrymen acquiescing to European fashion. I really don't agree with dictating art, but having just days ago listened to a woman describe the horrors, leaves me raw. The equivalency of calamity in the USA & Africa is unmatched; it's like comparing 2 people-1 with pneumonia and the other with the flu, and then try to act as if one of them shouldn't be hauling ass faster to a hospital than the other. The problem isn't that there are too many films "focusing only on the typical stories of violence, destruction, corruption, and poverty." What should be encouraged of directors is to go deeper and find the story within the story; the reasons, the biographies of those involved, and most important to use the footage to force change by the US, UK and those who give sanctions. The idea that 2 gay Spanish directors thought this is so film-worthy is absurd, and the Africans remind me of "hood rich" rappers who drive their Benz through the projects. I am willing to see the film in its entirety to gain more perspective, but this was my visceral reaction upon first view.

  • T'Challa | January 7, 2012 10:57 AM

    First of all, wrong Congo. The Congo you're talking about is the neighboring DRC, capital city Kinshasa.

    Secondly, even if you had the right Congo, what you're suggesting is that every film and person of that country with dozens of cities and almost 80 million people should focus on the sexual violence that's prevalent mainly in the Eastern Congo. That's like saying cinema and people from every country with some kind of social, economical, or political ill should focus on that ill. And that's just about every country in the world, including the one you're living in. There's all kinds of horrible things happening right here in the USA but somehow many of us still manage to busy ourselves with frivolities on the daily.

    Shadow And Act has frequently mentioned Nigerian author Chimamanda Adichie's Danger Of A Single Story in reference to stories about Africa that are embraced outside of Africa. The general idea being that the stories of those who are just living their lives like regular folks are ignored and instead focusing only on the typical stories of violence, destruction, corruption, and poverty. There's a lot more going on over there people.

  • T'Challa | January 5, 2012 3:59 PMReply

    Thanks for this.. ever since I saw Viva Riva, I've been wanting to learn more about Congolese music & culture.

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