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Makala depicts a life that may be unusual to many viewers, but one whose essential struggles still resonate half a world away. Read critic reviews

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In Congo, a young peasant dreams of a better future for his loved ones. His only wealth lies in the strength of his arms, the bushland around him and his strong will. As he sets out on dangerous and exhausting adventures to trade the fruit of his work, he discovers the value of his effort and the price he must pay for his dreams.

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  • Filmgoers looking for something to explicitly counter August's summer movie exhaustion should get first in line for Makala.

    August 24, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Makala depicts a harsh reality, but its unexpected beauty comes from the nonchalance of its portrayal.

    August 23, 2018 | Rating: 8.8/10 | Full Review…
  • To ponder the colonial implications of a French director exoticizing a Congolese man whose family eats rats for meals is to realize that a movie can be heartwarming and heartless at once.

    August 23, 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 the film offers the kind of confrontational, truthful depiction of capitalism that ought to screen early and often in schools.

    February 5, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • This immersive, slow-burning documentary about a Congolese charcoal maker finds poetry in the punishing, monotonous graft of one man's trade.

    February 4, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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