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Makala (2017)




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In the Congo, a young villager hopes to offer his family a better future. For resources, he has his arms, the surrounding bush, and tenacious willpower. While out on dangerous and exhausting roads to sell the fruit of his labor, he will discover the value of his effort and the cost of his dreams.


Critic Reviews for Makala

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (3)

Emmanuel Gras' camera embraces the subject's every move with such rapt intimacy and cinematic poetry it's easy to forget this is not a fictional drama.

June 9, 2017 | Full Review…
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One of those sly, low-key films whose early scenes will leave you unsure whether you're watching a documentary or a drama marked by a docu-real aesthetic, Makala's depiction of back-breaking labor is as no-frills as the work itself.

May 25, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Interesting in a watch-at-home, National-Geographic-Channel sort of way ...

May 24, 2017 | Full Review…

Avoids most of the traps of exoticism...but it makes the mistake of using observation as its only route to intimacy.

April 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Emmanuel Gras resists pitying or sentimentalizing his main subject, or exalting him merely for his resilience in the face of such a harsh, uncaring reality.

March 22, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Makala examines the tribulations of desolation and solitude with such respect that it's impossible not to feel compassion.

February 12, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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