Call for support – A film association for DRC named "MOTO Ciné”

Start of Dec. 2010, global wires reported that Hollywood star Ben Affleck was struggling to rally support from Hollywood studio executives to back his plans to make a movie about the troubles in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

An audiovisual professional, Plante Kibadhi is now calling for global support to help him build a strong film industry in DRC in order to preserve the country’s heritage and culture, to challenge current issues and work for peace.

Originally from DRC, Plante has a journalist degree and studied at “l’Institut Facultaire des Sciences de l’Information et de la Communication” [IFASIC].
He worked in South Africa as a TV journalist, presenter, and as a scriptwriter.

Plante explained to Sylvain Béletre from Balancing Act: “I am back in DRC, my country, and I have many project related to the African audio-visual art and culture. I now need to find partners to join me, to finance and contribute to these projects.
Right now in Congo, not much is being done to support the film industry, and it is difficult to find funds. One of my objectives is to set up a movie office for the country. The situation for DRC’s film industry is no way near that of South Africa. I have little hope that the Congolese government will invest in local cinema. For now our industry is mainly dependent on filmmakers living and working abroad.”
Plante added: “I have started setting up the status of a film association for DRC: it is named "MOTO Ciné”: in Lingala, language that we speak in Kinshasa, this means: “man of cinema”. The main association’s objectives are to initiate and develop DRC’s film industry, promote it, support film training in the country, animate debates and discussions between audiovisual professionals, find sponsors, and engage with DRC’s government to seek partnership.

As a film maker, I have also put together some film projects. Here are some examples: 
1. “Sorry sisi”: sisi is short for sister in Zulu; the film talks about Congolese in South Africa, and it starts in Kinshasa, DRC.
2. “Forget my tears” (in Fr. “Oubli mes larmes”), 100% from RDC, tells the story of a woman’s struggles and sufferings, and that of people who enjoy life and forget about those who are in pain.
3. “Long night” (in Fr. «Longue Nuit»), the story of a girl of good education, from a good family, but who seeks to discover the life of street prostitution in Kinshasa’s nightclubs.
4. Why me? (In Fr.: «Pourquoi moi?»): the story of a kid who was accidently exchanged for another baby by hospital nurses just after he was born.»

Plante Kibadhi Mbuka can be contacted at tel: + 243 810750 340 - + 243 99 76 74 252 - Email: kibaplante@yahoo.fr