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Mama Colonel
A film by Dieudo Hamadi
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Colonel Honorine Manyole, commonly known as "Mama Colonel," works for the Congolese police force and heads the unit for the protection of minors and the fight against sexual violence. Having worked for 15 years in Bukavu, in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, she learns she is transferred to Kisangani. There, she finds herself faced with new challenges.

Through the portrait of this extraordinarily brave and tenacious woman, who fights for justice to be done, this film addresses the issue of violence towards women and children in the DRC and the difficulty of overcoming the past war.

"Disciplined, succint, and effective. Documentarian Dieudo Hamadi follows the work of a senior Congolese policewoman in charge of stopping sexual violence and physical abuse against women and children in the African country."The Hollywood Reporter

"Shot in a very sincere way, with no narration or voiceover, and nothing added in to soften its themes—this is simply the harsh truth of the Congo’s situation ... [Gives] a warm recognition to Honorine’s strength [and] gracefully pays its respects to her efforts ... Authentic, admirable, and meaningful."The Upcoming

"A blistering portrait of a society that takes all their hardships out on its innocent and vulnerable children ... Powerful."In the Seats

North American Premiere, 2017 HotDocs Film Festival
Grand Prize, 2017 Cinéma du Réel Documentary Festival
Jury Prize, 2017 Berlinale Film Festival
Best Forum Film, Tagesspiegel Prize 2017 Berlinale Film Festival
U.S. Premiere, 2017 AFI Docs Documentary Film Festival

72 minutes / color
Release: 2017
Copyright: 2017
Sale: $390

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Subject areas:
Africa, African Studies, Central Africa, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Law, Law Enforcement, Motherhood, Police, Struggle, War, Women's Studies

Related Titles:
National Diploma: A group of Congo's high school students desperately tries to pass their final exam in order to graduate.

Congo in Four Acts: A quartet of short films (on one dvd) that lay bare the reality of everyday life in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Congo: The Doctor Who Saves Women: Tens of thousands of women have been raped during 20 years of war in eastern Congo.

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