In watching this teaser trailer for a new documentary titled Dimanche à Brazzaville (or Sunday In Brazzaville for English Speakers) I immediately thought of the "Swenkas" – the South African Zulu men who call themselves "Swenkas" and compete for cash and prizes in an event that's part fashion show, part choreography, and part moral code.
Although the film is much more than that; what tickled my memory is just a 3rd of its subject matter.
By the way, Brazzaville is the capital and largest city in the Republic of the Congo in central Africa.
Set to make its US premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, which runs from January 26th through February 5th, the film's synopsis reads:
A young radio talk host, Carlos La Menace, unveils in his weekend show three figures of Congo’s capital, Brazzaville. The Sapeur Yves Saint Laurent, surrounded by extreme poverty, chooses elegance as a way of life. Cheriff Bakala is not a usual rapper. Mixes hip hop with Congolese folk, and uses local instruments, such as drums made up with water cans. He’s about to record his first album in a country with almost no producers. Finally, Palmas Yaya, Brazzaville’s wrestling champion is relying on voodoo to defend its throne in a crucial moment of his life…
Or its 1-sentence descriptionr: Pink suits, Hip Hop and catch in a crazy Congo Weekend.
The film was directed by Enric Bach & Adrià Monés.
I'd love to see the rest of this.
Watch the teaser trailer below: