EN - Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo. Around 30,000 children are accused of witchcraft and are kicked out of their homes. Living on the street, José and his friends - all treated like aliens - decide to form a band to ward off bad luck with a crazy impresario called Bebson. Together they will rock Kinshasa!

FR - Kinshasa, Congo. Quelques 30,000 enfants sont accusés de sorcellerie et sont mis à la porte de leur maison. Vivant dans la rue, José et ses amis – tous traités comme des enfants-sorciers – décident de former un groupe de musique pour éloigner le mauvais sort avec un imprésario fou du nom de Bebson.


Title Kinshasa Kids
Original title Kinshasa Kids
Original language Lingala, French
Status Completed
Production Minority Flemish
Category Docs
Year 2012


Cast José Mawanda, Rachel Mwanza, Emmanuel Fakoko, Bebson "de la rue" Elemba, Gabi Bolenge, Gauthier Kiloko, Joël Eziegue, Mickaël Fataki, Samy Molebe, Papa Wemba, Joséphine Nsimba Mpongo, Django Abdul Bampu Sumbu, Jean Shaka Tshipamba, Emmanuel E. M. Ndosi El Bas
Photography Danny Elsen, Colin Houben
Editing Marie-Hélène Dozo
Sound Luc Cuveele, Marc Engels, Cyril Mossé
Music Bebson "de la rue" and the Trionyx, The Diable Aza Te

Technical specs

Running time film 85'
Release format DCP
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Main producer Marc-Henri Wajnberg
Main production company Wajnbrosse Productions
Supported by Centre du Cinéma de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles et de VOO, Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Eurimages
Production partners Inti Films, Crescendo Films

Kinshasa Kids dazzles jury at Écrans Noirs

At the Écrans Noirs Festival (29 June – 6 July), Marc-Henri Wajnberg’s documentary film Kinshasa Kids, was awarded the Écran Noir for Best Foreign Film. Kinshasa Kids competed against 12 other feature-length contestants in the Foreign Film section but managed to convince the jury. The film is a co-production with Flanders and was first presented at this year’s European Film Market in Berlin.

Kinshasa KidsDedicated to African cinema, the Écrans Noirs Festival is annually held in Yaoundé, Cameroun. Its primary goal is to grant locals access to audiovisual productions, to create opportunities for locally produced films and to generally reward talent in the industry. Overall, the festival hosts no less than seven separate competition sections. While the main focus gears towards the central African countries, the festival reserves a competition section for foreign films that deal with an African topic, were shot mostly in Africa or incorporate a significant number of African cast members.

Published on Friday 19 July 2013

Flanders quartet triumphs at Festroia

Four films from Flanders were presented with prizes during the awards ceremony of the Festroia International Film Festival in Portugal (7-16 June). Felix van Groeningen took home three awards for The Broken Circle Breakdown, while Joël Vanhoebrouck’s Brasserie Romantique, Peter Monsaert’s Offline and the short film Dura Lex by Anke Blondé were all awarded as well.

OfflineVan Groeningen’s intense drama The Broken Circle Breakdown not only won the Gold Dolphin for Best Film, but also took home the film critics’ FIPRESCI Prize as well as the SIGNIS Prize, awarded by the worldwide association of Catholic communication professionals.

Published on Monday 17 June 2013

Flanders in full force at Berlinale

Felix van Groeningen’s The Broken Circle Breakdown and Janet van den Brand’s short Rosa, Anna’s Lil’ Sis have been selected for the Berlin international Film Festival (7-17 February). Both films will premiere internationally in the fest’s Panorama Specials strand and Generation Kplus shorts competition respectively. Two co-productions were also confirmed: Flemish director Vincent Bal’s Nono, the Zigzag Kid, which will open the Generation programme, and Willemiek Kluijfhout’s Mussels in Love. Recent features such as Peter Monsaert's Offline and Gert Embrechts' Allez, Eddy! make their market debuts at the Berlinale's European Film Market (EFM). Other EFM entries are The Fifth Season by Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth, as well as co-productionsTenderness by Marion Hänsel, Kinshasa Kids by Marc-Henri Wajnberg, Pinocchio by Enzo d'Alo and Tango Libre by Frédéric Fonteyne.

BerlinaleThe Broken Circle Breakdown is represented internationally by The Match Factory. The film is already a box office hit in its home territory with over 320,000 admissions (and still going strong).The Broken Circle Breakdown is produced by Dirk Impens for Menuet (TurquazeThe Misfortunates) and stars Veerle Baetens and Johan Heldenbergh. In honour of the Panorama Specials selection, Flanders Image is also publishing a special 'Talent Matters' section entirely dedicated to van Groeningen's work.

Published on Thursday 31 January 2013

Kinshasa Kids, Fifth Season and Taking Chances in Zagreb

The Zagreb Film festival (14-21 October) recently selected Peter Brosens & Jessica Woodworth’s The Fifth Season and the minority co-productions Taking Chances by Nicole van Kilsdonk and Kinshasa Kids by Marc-Henri Wajnberg. At the close of the festival, the audience also voted Kinshasa Kids as Best Film of the feature-length program.

Still from Peter Brosens & Jessica Woodworth's The Fifth SeasonPeter Brosens & Jessica Woodworth’s third feature, The Fifth Season (pictured on the left), is screening in the ‘My Third Film’ sidebar of the Zagreb fest. The directors duo’s earlier filmKhadak also screened at the fest in 2007. The Fifth Season is a haunting tale of mysterious calamity as spring refuses to come as the cycle of nature is derailed. Alice, Thomas and Octave, three kids in a village deep in the Ardennes forest, struggle to make sense of a world that is collapsing around them. Flemish co-producer of the film is Bo Films. International sales are handled by Berlin based Films Boutique.

Published on Tuesday 23 October 2012

The Fifth Season selected for Busan, Hamburg and Rio

The Hamburg International Filmfest (27 September-6 October), the Rio de Janeiro Int’l Film Festival (27 September-11 October) and the Busan Int’l Film Festival (BIFF, 4-13 October) have all confirmed Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth’s The Fifth Season for their line-up. The film is currently enjoying the red carpet in Toronto for its North American premiere after grabbing two awards at the Venice Film Festival just last week.

fifth season_woodworth_brosens_selected busan, hamburg, rioThe Fifth Season is not the only Flemish film selected for Busan. Marc-Henri Wajnberg’s Kinshasa Kids, Enzo d’Alo’s Pinocchio and Comrade Kim Goes Flying by Anja Daelemans et al also grace the fest’s line-up. All three films are doing very well internationally: Venice selected both Kinshasa Kids and Pinocchio, while Toronto picked Kinshasa Kids and Comrade Kim Goes Flying.

Published on Wednesday 12 September 2012

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