Kwa Heri Mandima

Kwa Heri Mandima

Documentary, 10 min.

Title E:Good Bye Mandima

by Robert-Jan Lacombe

Switzerland, August 2010

Through home-movies discovered at my grandparents’ home in Bordeaux, I recount my childhood in Mandima, a little village in northeast Zaire, where I was born. Starting with a panoramic still of the great departure, I observe and recall those first ten years of that young boy who would, one fine day, have to leave for the city, for high school. He leaves behind his friends and a whole way of life. That life, his thinking and his codes, are to be learned anew.


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Directed by: Robert-Jan Lacombe
Written by: Robert-Jan Lacombe

World Premiere: August 2010
Original Version: French (english subtitles), colour, Digi Beta, 10 min.


Production: École Cantonale d'Art de Lausanne

Cinematography: Robert-Jan Lacombe
Editing: Robert-Jan Lacombe
Location Sound Mix: Robert-Jan Lacombe
Sound Editing: Robert-Jan Lacombe
Rerecording Sound Mix: Jérôme Cuendet

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World Rights: École Cantonale d'Art de Lausanne

Open / CloseAwards (a selection)

  • München, Nonfiktionale Festival des dokumentarischen Films, AVID Schnittpreis 2014
  • Astoria NY, Cinema Eye Award, Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Short Filmmaking 2013
  • Duisburg, Duisburger Filmwoche / vhs, Lobende Erwähnung der Jugendjury 2012
  • Aspen, Aspen Shortsfest, Best Documentary 2011
  • Belo Horizonte, Fluxus International Film Festival on the Internet, Best Film by the Official Jury 2011
  • Chicago, Chicago International Film Festival, Gold Plaque for Best Student Short (Documentary) 2011
  • Gonfreville l'Orcher, Festival international de cinéma du grain à démoudre, Prix du public du meilleur court métrage 2011
  • Lviv, Lviv International Short Film Festival, Audience Choice 2011
  • Milano, Invideo Mostra Internazionale di video e cinema oltre, Under 35 Award 2011
  • Palm Springs, Palm Springs International ShortFest, Best Student Documentary Short Award 2011
  • Recife, Janela Internacional de Cinema do Recife, Best Image of the International Competition 2011
  • Sao Paulo, International Short Film Festival, Audience Choice - Top 10 International short films 2011
  • Tabor, Desinic, TABOR Film Festival, Grand Prix 2011
  • Tabor, Desinic, TABOR Film Festival, Best Documentary 2011
  • Zürich, Schweizer Jugendfilmtage, Spezial Preis Filmschulen (bis 30 Jahre) 2011
  • Locarno, Locarno Festival, Pardino d'oro (Concorso nazionale) 2010

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