Cemetery State

Filip De Boeck
Documentary, colour, English subtitels, 72 min, 2010.

In Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, children and youngsters have taken over the management of death. The dead have become their ‘toy’, and the coffin has become like a football that one tosses up and plays around with. ‘Cemetery State’ observes how these young gravediggers, singers and drummers use the body of the dead as an alternative platform to attack and challenge their elders and to create their own (dis)order.

Concept: Filip De Boeck & Sarah Vanagt
Director: Filip De Boeck
Camera: Renaat Lambeets
Editing: Els Voorspoels, Offline BVBA
Additional editing: Inneke Van Waeyenberghe
Production: Renaat Lambeets, Kristel Dotremont FilmNatie BVBA

Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds
Nederlands Fonds voor de Film
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Koninklijk Museum voor Midden Afrika
Cultureel Animatiecentrum Beursschouwburg
Wereldculturencentrum Zuiderpershuis
In co-production with Viewpoint docs, NL

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