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Lambert Crickxstraat 30
1070 Brussels, Belgium

Tongo Saa (Rising up at night)

Nelson Makengo

HD video, color, 16:9, Lingala spoken (EN, FR, NL st), BE/DRC/DE/BF/QA, 2024, 96’

Kinshasa and its inhabitants are in darkness. They wait and struggle to get access to light. Between hope, disappointment and religious faith, Tongo Saa is a subtle and fragmented portrait of a population that, despite the challenges, is sublimated by the beauty of Kinshasa’s nights.
Special Jury Award International Feature Film Competition Visions du Réel 2024
Feature Film Grand Prize City of Lisbon and TV Cine Special Award Indielisboa 2024
Special Mention Socio-Environmental Cinema Award Guadalajara International Film Festival 2024

Director Nelson Makengo
Screenplay Nelson Makengo
Image Nelson Makengo
Sound Design Franck Moka
Sound Recording Moimi Wezam
Sound Editing Laszlo Umbreit
Sound Mix Rémi Gerard
Editor Inneke Van Waeyenberghe
Color Miléna Trivier
Composer Bao Sissoko, Wouter Vandenabeele, Lode Verc
Producer Rosa Spaliviero, Dada Kahindo Siku
Production companies Twenty Nine Studio & Production, Mutotu Productions
Co-producers Film Five, Diam Production, Auguste Orts, Magellan Films & RTBF
Developed with the support of SCAM – Brouillon d’un rêve et La Culture avec la Copie privée, Dérives, Atelier soutenu par la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles et la Wallonie, EURODOC21, Olafur Eliasson, Little Sun
Sales agent Square Eyes
This project has participated in WIELS Residency Program 2018, IDFAcademy 2019, Berlinale Talents 2020, Atlas Workshops 2020, Durban FilmMart 2020, MiradasDoc 2021, DocuMart | Guangzhou International Film Festival 2021, CPH:FORUM of CPH:DOX 2021, VdR–Industry | Visions du Réel 2023, Doha Film Institute First Cut Lab 2023, Red Sea Souk 2023 | WIP Showcase
With the support of Fonds Image de la Francophonie, Fonds Jeune Création Francophone, IDFA Bertha Fund Europe supported by Creative Europe MEDIA program, Berlinale World Cinema Fund ACP, the contribution of the European Union and the organization of ACP States, Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program with support from Open Society Foundations, Hot Docs – Blue Ice Docs Fund, Film and Audiovisual Center of Wallonia Brussels Federation, Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), The Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government, Doha Film Institute, RTBF
The film is recipient of Dérives Award | Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur, the Atlas Workshops Award for Postproduction | Marrakech International Film Festival, Postproduction awards at VdR–Industry | Visions du Réel, Postproduction grant from Doha Film Institute

Tongo Saa (Rising up at night) has been on display at the following locations:

Festival Contrechamps - Cinema Vendome Brussels, (BE) Friday, Jun 28 2024 Ishango Encounter Goma, (CD) Monday, Jun 24 2024 International Film Festival Quadalajara, (MX) Jun 7–Jun 15 2024 Festival du Film Européen Kinshasa, (CD) Jun 1–Jun 8 2024 Indielisboa Lisbon, (PT) May 23–Jun 2 2024 Beldocs Belgrado, (CS) May 22–May 29 2024 Kunstenfestivaldesarts Brussels, (BE) Wednesday, May 22 2024 Kunstenfestivaldesarts Brussels, (BE) Tuesday, May 21 2024 Kunstenfestivaldesarts Brussels, (BE) Monday, May 20 2024 Kunstenfestivaldesarts Brussels, (BE) Sunday, May 19 2024 DOXA Vancouver, (CA) Saturday, May 11 2024 Millenium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival Warschaw, (PL) May 10–May 19 2024 Seattle International Film Festival Washington DC, (US) May 9–May 19 2024 Margaret Mead Film Festival New York, (US) May 9–May 12 2024 Hot Docs Toronto, (CA) Saturday, May 4 2024 Hot Docs Toronto, (CA) Thursday, May 2 2024 Festival International du film documentaire de Saint-Louis, (SN) Apr 30–May 4 2024 Sinema Transtopia Berlin, (DE) Tuesday, Apr 23 2024 Visions du Réel Nyon, (CH) Friday, Apr 19 2024 Visions du Réel Nyon, (CH) Thursday, Apr 18 2024 Sinema Transtopia Berlin, (DE) Tuesday, Apr 9 2024 Berlinale Berlin, (DE) Sunday, Feb 25 2024 Berlinale Berlin, (DE) Saturday, Feb 24 2024 Berlinale Berlin, (DE) Thursday, Feb 22 2024 Berlinale Berlin, (DE) Wednesday, Feb 21 2024 Berlinale Berlin, (DE) Tuesday, Feb 20 2024