Kumbuka is a multi-dimensional film that confronts the history and legacy of colonial views of Africa. It tells the story of two emerging African filmmakers as they struggle to re-edit an acclaimed yet controversial Dutch film about them. As the primary subjects of that film, they had publicly criticized it for its Eurocentric perspective, which they felt distorted their story. Having been offered the original footage for use by the film’s production company, they are at the same time presented with a chance to launch their nascent filmmaking careers as well as with the constraints that underscore persistent questions of power in cinematic representations of Africa. Interspersed with their re-editing efforts are two contradictory collections of archival footage, which provide a meta-critique both of the colonial project and of the Africanfuturistic movement that is growing in Congo in the wake of Petna Katondolo’s ongoing project of Recoding Aesthetics.
by Petna Ndaliko Katondolo
with Bernadette Vivuya, Kagoma Twahirgwa, Yabili Marcel, Samy Baloji, Anny Mahamba, Mzee Simisi, Petna Ndaliko, Fowota Mortoo, Maitre Nzungu, Amir Bin Saidi
USA / Netherlands / Democratic Republic of the Congo 2021 Swahili, French, English 59’ Colour


  • Bernadette Vivuya (Filmmaker)
  • Kagoma Twahirgwa (Filmmaker)
  • Yabili Marcel (Curator)
  • Samy Baloji (Philosopher)
  • Anny Mahamba (Great Spirit Nyabingi )
  • Mzee Simisi (Wise Man)
  • Petna Ndaliko (Mwalimu (Teacher))
  • Fowota Mortoo (Messanger)
  • Maitre Nzungu (Warrior)
  • Amir Bin Saidi (Teacher of the Warriors)


Written and Directed by Petna Ndaliko Katondolo
Cinematography Petna Ndaliko Katondolo
Editing Petna Ndaliko Katondolo
Sound Design Lee Weisert
Sound Jack Muhindo Mahamba
Production Design Michael Castofas
Costumes Speranza Sikuli
Make-Up Speranza Sikuli
Casting Petna Ndaliko Katondolo
Assistant Director Michael Castofas
Production Manager Ganza Buroko
Executive Producer Cherie Rivers Ndaliko
Producer Ellen Lammers

Produced by

Alkebu Film Productions

Petna Ndaliko Katondolo

Petna Ndaliko Katondolo is a filmmaker, activist, and educator living in Goma and Chapel Hill. His multigenre artistic works are known for their decolonial Afrofuturistic artistic style, which engages historical content to address contemporary sociopolitical and cultural issues. In 2000 he co-founded Yole!Africa and in 2005 he founded the Salaam Kivu International Film Festival. Ndaliko Katondolo teaches and consults regularly for international organizations, addressing social and political inequity among marginalized groups through culture and education. After Matata (2019) and Kapita (2020) this is his third participation with Forum Expanded.

Filmography (selection)

2004 Théâtre Brûlé; 10 min. · Lamokowang; 13 min. 2005 Threatened Fate; 7 min. 2007 Pandisha Bandera; 45 min. 2010 Jazz Mama; 32 min. 2012 Melting Justice; 5 min. 2013 Mabele na Biso; 34 min. 2014 Myth Eyes; 3 min. 2016 The Dead Are Not Dead; 10 min. 2019 Danze; 21 min. · Matata; 37 min., Forum Expanded 2020 2020 Kapita; 22 min., Forum Expanded 2021 2021 Kumbuka

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2022