DOCUMENTARY Everyone should have the right to go to school! Two young Aka pygmies in Central Africa fight against the discrimination of their community and for the right to an education. Aka pygmies in the Central African Republic live in extreme poverty and inhabit ramshackle dwellings on the edge of society. Albert and André were the last in their village able to attend school. They want to sell makongo – grubs – in order to enable other children to go to school. Carrying their harvest, the two teenagers make the arduous journey to the capital Bangui – and have to assert themselves in an atmosphere of stigmatisation and exclusion.
ELVIS SABIN NGAÏBINO (*1985) works as a geologist in central Africa and is a co-founder of the Académie du Cinéma Centrafricain. Makongo is his first full-length documentary and won an award at the Festival Cinéma du Réel in Paris.