EN - Eric Kabongo’s dreams of a music career are compromised by his troubled past and the reality of his life. The film explores the inner world of a young man - a place where frustration can turn to anger in a second.

NL - De excentrieke Eric Kabongo droomt zoals veel van zijn generatiegenoten van een muziekcarrière, maar zijn droom conflicteert met het verleden dat hem blijft achtervolgen en de harde realiteit waarin hij zich bevindt. What about Eric? maakt een reis doorheen het hoofd van Eric. De plaats waar droom en realiteit samenkomen en frustratie in enkele tellen kan omslaan in woede. Eric, voor altijd gedoemd tot een zoektocht naar zichzelf.


Title What about Eric?
Original title What about Eric?
Original language English, French, Dutch
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Docs
Genre drama, comedy, social
Year 2014
World première / first public presentation 2014-05-07


Cast Eric Kabongo
Photography Lennart Stuyck, Ruben Vermeersch
Editing Kwinten Gernay
Sound Thomas Résimont, Alexander Baert
Music Raf Keunen

Technical specs

Running time film 52'
Release format HD digital master
Other available formats HDCAM, digibèta, dvd
Aspect ratio 2:35
Sound format stereo
Colour Colour
Available in 2D


Supported by Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles et de VOO, Belgian Tax shelter finanincing, Province West-Flanders
Production partners Domino Productions, Caviar, Canvas
Tax shelter partners Caviar


2014: International Documentary Film Festival Docville Leuven (BE)


2014: Best Belgian Documentary - International Documentary Film Festival Docville Leuven (BE)

German breakthrough for Belgian actor

Belgian actor Eric Kabongo plays one of the main roles in the German comedy Willkommen bei den Hartmanns. The film has recently been topping the charts in Germany and has launched Kabongo’s international career.

What About Eric?In Willkommen bei den Hartmanns, Kabongo plays Diallo, a Nigerian refugee who is offered a home by a well-off Munich family. He soon makes friends with the family members, but they are tested when they have to face racism, bureaucracy and suspicions of terrorism because of him. The comedy passed the 500,000-admissions mark in its opening weekend and is currently at number one in the German charts.

Published on Friday 18 November 2016

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Last edited on 8 December 2014

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Director Ruben Vermeersch, Lennart Stuyck
Producers Hendrik Verthé, Kobe Van Steenberghe
Writers Ruben Vermeersch, Lennart Stuyck

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