Up At Night (2019)

  • Documentary
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  • 21min

As twilight fades and another night without electricity falls, neighborhoods in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo rely on fuel-run generators to provide small bands of light and power. In this carefully crafted experimental short, director Nelson Makengo trains his camera steadily in the darkness; sometimes things shine briefly in triplicate, while at other times we see nothing at all. Throughout, we hear just how insecure the environment can be amid violence, political strife, and the uncertainty of the Grand Inga hydroelectric project, which promises, one day, to bring a permanent power source to the country. As Makengo shows, residents’ energy sources and light may be temporary, but their resourcefulness persists. WFM

Director

Nelson Makengo

Cinematographer

Nelson Makengo

Producer

Rosa Spaliviero