Cahier Africain

Cahier Africain
reż. Heidi Specogna/Switzerland, Germany/2016/119 min.
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It all started with a small school exercise book. But instead of being full of vocabulary, the pages were checkered with the courageous testimonies of 300 Central African women, girls and men. They reveal what Congolese mercenaries did to them between October 2002 and March 2003 in the wake of armed conflict. On their own initiative, they gathered together their testimonies in this book to record the crimes committed against them.

As a result of rape, Amzine, a young Muslim woman, gave birth to a child. Looking at her now 12-year-old daughter Fane is a daily reminder of the suffering she entrusted to this book. Arlette, a Christian girl, has agonised for years due to a gunshot to the knee that did not want to heal. After a successful surgery in Berlin, she holds on to hope for a pain-free existence. ”Cahier Africain” is a long-term observation that begins accompanying its protagonists in the village of PK 12 in 2008. But while they try to master their difficult daily lives with confidence – and while, in The Hague, the legal prosecution of crimes committed during the last war is still in progress – the next war breaks out in the Central African Republic. Amzine, Fane and Arlette must once again face a maelstrom of violence, death and expulsion. At their side, the film bears witness to the collapse of order and civilization in a country torn apart by civil war and coup d’états.


  • projection time:
    119 min.
  • country/year:
    Switzerland, Germany/2016
  • director:
    Heidi Specogna
  • pictures:
    Johann Feindt
  • production:
    PS Film GmbH, Filmpunkt GmbH, ZDF / 3sat
  • selected festivals and awards:
    IFF Locarno 2016: Premio Zonta Club Award, DOK Leipzig 2016: Silver Dove and Ecumenical Jury Award, German Human Rights Film Award 2016

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