EN - During a fight with her boyfriend on the street in Brussels’ Congolese neighbourhood, Eva escapes into a hair salon. The African women in the salon initially support her, seeing a woman in distress. But when they find out what the fight was about, opinions differ…

FR - Dans une rue a Matonge, le quartier Congolaise à Bruxelles, Eva tente d'échapper à une dispute avec son petit ami en fuyant dans un salon de coiffure afro. Initialement  elle est prise en charge par les femmes dans le salon, qui voient une femme en détresse. Mais quand nous découvrons la raison de la dispute, les opinions se divisent.


Title Nkosi Coiffure
Original title Nkosi Coiffure
Original language Dutch, French
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Shorts
Genre drama
Year 2015
World première / first public presentation 2015-09-02


Cast Nele Vereecken, Kurt Vandendriessche, Awa Sene Sarr, Stella Kitoga, Wivine Ngoy-Mutemba, Nadège Ouédraogo, Linda Kompany
Photography Laurens De Geyter
Editing Tom Denoyette
Sound Maarten Leemans
Art director Talina Casier
Costume Sofie Callaerts
Makeup Jovita Lakau
Music Fredy Massamba, Jens Bouttery

Technical specs

Running time film 14'04"
Release format DCP
Other available formats Blu-ray, DVD, digital file
Aspect ratio scope
Sound format surround
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Supported by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Kuumbaa, Vlaams Afrikaans huis, City of Elsene


2016: Flickerfest International Short Film Festival (AU), Elles tournent (BE), Un poing c'est court (FR), Ciné Privé (BE), Afrika Filmfestival (BE), Kort geschoten (BE), Tribeca Film Festival (US), Washington DC International Filmfest (US), Brussels Short Film Festival (BE), Art Film Festival (SK), San Francisco Black Film Festival (US), BFI London Film Festival (UK), Raindance Film Festival (UK)

2015: Montreal World Film Festival (CA), Festival International du Film Africain de Belgique (BE), Valladolid International Film Festival (ES), Izmir International Short Film Festival (TR), Leuven Short Film Fest (BE)


2016: Best Short Film - Washington DC International Filmfest (US), Canal+ Award - Brussels Short Film Festival (BE)

2015: Best Short Film Meeting Point - Valladolid International Film Festival (ES)

Problemski Hotel opens Raindance Film Festival

Manu Riche’s feature film debut Problemski Hotel, based on a novel by best-selling Belgian author Dimitri Verhulst, is the opening film of this year’s Raindance Film Festival (21 September-2 October) in London. The festival closes with Dominik Moll’s News from Planet Mars, which stars Flemish actress Veerle Baetens. Raindance previously announced its slate of shorts, including Nkosi Coiffure and Feel Sad for the Bunny.

Problemski HotelManu Riche’s Problemski Hotel was chosen to open this year’s edition for its “creativity and ability to captivate audiences”. The film is to have its UK premiere at Raindance and reveals the changes that occur in the lives of several people born in areas affected by war and armed conflict.

Published on Sunday 4 September 2016

BFI London takes Souvenir and Le Ciel Flamand

Peter Monsaert’s Le Ciel Flamand and Souvenir, directed by Bavo Defurne, have both been invited to the BFI London Film Festival (5-16 October). The programme also includes a documentary and several shorts from Flanders as well as various co-productions.

Le Ciel FlamandLe Ciel Flamand premiered in Toronto on 11 September, followed by a European premiere at the San Sebastian Film Festival. In London, Peter Monsaert’s drama about three generations of women is set to appear in the ‘Thrill’ programme of the Festival’s official selection.

Published on Thursday 1 September 2016

Nkosi Coiffure wins Best Short at Filmfest DC

Last weekend, Frederike Migom’s short film Nkosi Coiffure took home the award for Best Short at the Filmfest DC, the International Film Festival of the US capital. Washington is the latest stopover on the film’s successful festival career

Nkosi Coiffure“This film captures the moment when diversity and the universality of being human intersect, and does so with originality and insight,” said the jury citation. “We are very happy to have the opportunity to support this young filmmaker and we look forward to seeing what's next for her.”

Published on Tuesday 3 May 2016

Belgian Rhapsody and Nkosi Coiffure on their way to DC

Vincent Bal’s musical comedy Belgian Rhapsody and Frederike Migom’s short film Nkosi Coiffure have both been selected for Filmfest DC, the International Film Festival of Washington (14-24 April), with Belgian Rhapsody featured as one of the comedy highlights of the festival. The Brand New Testament and The White Knights, two co-productions with Flanders, are also in the programme.

Belgian RhapsodyFilmfest DC presents Belgian Rhapsody alongside seven other features in a special programme, ‘The Lighter Side’, showing how humour can be a way to a better understanding of a different culture.

Published on Friday 1 April 2016

Nkosi Coiffure in Competition at the Tribeca Film Festival

Frederike Migom’s short film Nkosi Coiffure has been selected for the prestigious Tribeca International Film Festival in New York (13-24 April). The film will be presented in the Short Film Competition, as part of the ‘Learning Curve’ section, putting it in contention for the prize for Best Short Fiction Film.

Nkosi CoiffureNkosi Coiffure is set in one of the many hair salons in Brussels’ well-known African neighbourhood. During a fight with her boyfriend, Eva escapes into one of those salons. The African women initially support Eva, seeing a young woman in distress. But when they find out what the fight was about, opinions differ.

Published on Monday 14 March 2016

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Writers Frederike Migom

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