Monday, April 25, 2016
After four days of festival punctuated by screenings, workshops, conferences and cultural events, the 2nd edition of the Congolese cinema festival “Ya beto”, held April 23, at the French Institute of Pointe Noire the best in their respective categories. The filmmaker and actress Liesbeth Mabiala and film Grave Erreur by Richi Mbebelé received four awards.
The jury headed by the cultural operator Pierre-Claver Mabiala impartially distinguished the best of this edition. Choices have been difficult given the quality of the proposed films and the talent of the actors. Ultimately, these choices have met with the public’s approval given ovations raised at the announcement of each award. Liesbeth Mabiala was crowned at the same time the best director and best actress. The film Grave Erreur by Richi Mbebelé took the prize for best fiction. As for the actress Amanda Baye, playing a leading role in this film, she received the jury’s special prize.
Other awards went to Sorel Boulingui, named best actor; Hassim Tall, Best Director of the Diaspora and Massein Pethas who received the best documentary with Les Temples maudits du Congo Brazzaville. The honorary prize has fallen to François Dianga for his immeasurable contribution in the television and film world in Congo. Giving impressions, different winners wished to receive more physical and moral help and support from persons concerned the revival of Congolese cinema.
At the end of the festival, Alain-Rock Ngoma, director of the festival; Rufin Mbou Mikima, who was responsible for the selection; Amour Sauveur, in charge of programming and the organisation’s entire team, thanked the public, partners and sponsors who have provided their building block for the success of this activity. “Together we will rewrite in gold letters the history of our cinema on the international film world,” said Alain-Rock Ngoma.
Hervé Brice Mampouya
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Liesbeth Mabiala, best director and best actress Photo credit “DR”