Kasongo (Im)material

Kasongo (Im)matériel

Belgium

38’51’’,2021.

DIRECTED BY

NoemieArazi, Georges Senga

PRODUCED BY

Groundworks

SCRIPTWRITER

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CINEMATOGRAPHER

NoemieArazi, Georges Senga

EDITED BY

Simon Arazi

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“Kasongo (Im)material” explores the forgotten history of the Swahili-Arab in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Their trajectory from oppressors to oppressed, along with the local adoption of their culture and language, mirror the tensions and ambivalence of history and heritage. Interweaving scenes from excavations with archival material and contemporary recordings, an archaeologist and a photographer engage with the affective impact of that which persists from the past into the present.

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Noemie Arazi,from Beirut, studied archaeology at the University College London. Her practice usually combines archaeological and ethnographic data with the collection of oral histories and memories, participant observation and archival research.


Georges Senga, from Lubumbashi is a photographer. In his photographic work he focuses on history and personal stories that reveal themselves in memory, identity and heritage, shedding light on our actions and the present.