Mama Colonel France, Congo & Netherlands | 72 mins | Dieudo Hamadi | 2017
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. 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, succinct, 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” —The Hollywood Reporter
"A blistering portrait of a society that takes all their hardships out on its innocent and vulnerable children ... Powerful."— In the Seats
“Hamadi’s style of documentation lets people speak for themselves, while his framing allows for sensitive issues such as memory, solidarity, conflict, and government neglect to come to the fore” - George Kibala Bauer
Awards & Festivals
Grand Prize, 2017 Cinema du Reel Documentary Festival
Jury Prize, 2017 Berlinale Film Festival
Best Forum Film, Tagesspiegel Prize 2017 Berlinale Film Festival
Official Selection, 2018 ACT Human Rights Film Festival
2017 HotDocs Film Festival
2017 AFI Docs Documentary Film Festival
And more than 40 screening and awards more!