À quand l’Afrique?

Which Way Africa?
A fresco of faces and voices. An insider’s evocation of his home, his country, his continent. Poetic images clash with harsh reality, joy turns to sorrow, beauty crumbles to plastic dust. The people of the forest stamp to the beat of the tom-tom; those of the city spin in the winds of “progress”. Meanwhile, things are breaking down. A new frenzy has come to play havoc and snatch the bounty from beneath their feet and from the verdant thickets all around them that still teem with life. “À quand l’Afrique?” the voices valiantly ask, keeping the chant alive as they seek a new light while others sink into their graves. And it is always the voice of Africa itself that is heard. The emotion remains strong – one of passionate concern from Africans believing in and struggling for the future of their continent.
by David-Pierre Fila
with Samuel Fosso, Joseph Ki-zerbo, Simon Njami, Imam Souleymane
Republic of the Congo / Angola / Cameroon 2024 French, Sango, Spanish 90’ Colour World premiere | Documentary form


  • Samuel Fosso
  • Joseph Ki-zerbo
  • Simon Njami
  • Imam Souleymane


Director David-Pierre Fila
Screenplay David-Pierre Fila
Cinematography David-Pierre Fila
Editing Catherine Mantion
Music Jean Kinzonzi, Clan des Bongolombo, Enest Padova, Billie Holiday, Tropical Fiesta Bangui, Victor Uwaifo, Ensemble Origanum, Fally Ipupa, Soeur Marie Keyrouz, Freddy Massamba, Ray Lema, Pierre Claver Akendengué
Sound Design Michel Rafa
Sound Mixing Arnaud Bertholet
Sound David-Pierre Fila
With the Voices of Maka Kotto, Alex Descas, Lilian Granda-Paes, Toty Rodriguez
Production Design Maleka-Marion Fila
Producer Maleka-Marion Fila
Executive Producers Maleka-Marion Fila, Zeze Gamboa
Co-Producers Zeze Gamboa, Serge Alain Noa
Co-Production Gamboa & Gamboa Luanda
Vynavy Productions Yaoundé

Produced by

Les Films Bantu

David-Pierre Fila

The photographer and documentary filmmaker has a Diplôme d’études approfondies in anthropology. As a director, his work explores the territory between documentary and poetry. He has led seminars and film clubs on Black World Cinema and has been invited to sit on a number of film juries. His works include the award-winning documentary The Last Babingas, which was presented in the Perspectives du cinéma français section at Cannes. Tala Tala met with equal success, winning prizes at festivals including Visions du Réel and IDFA, and Best Documentary at the FESPACO Pan-African Film and Television Festival.


1985 Le masque du sorcier; short film 1989 Le dernier des Babingas (The Last Babingas); short documentary · Un autre demain; short film 1992 Tala Tala; short documentary 1993 Le paradis vole; short film 1994 Matanga 1995 Sidonie; short film 1996 Le Sahara; documentary series 1997 Dakar Blues; documentary 2000 Elle revient quand maman; short film 2003 L’eau, la forêt, la terre (Water, Forest, Earth); medium-length documentary · Afrique sur Seine; short documentary 2004 Ébola; medium-length documentary 2005 Bois Précieux 2009 ZAO; documentary · Game Over; short film · Petit à Petit; short film 2010 Bomengo; short documentary · Salon de Beauté; short documentary 2011 La Mort du Zébu RCA; short documentary 2015 Sur les chemins de la rumba (On the Pathways of Rumba); documentary 2019 Le Sapeur; documentary · Mweze où «la vie est un éternel voyage»; documentary 2020 Samuel Fosso; documentary 2024 À quand l’Afrique? (Which Way Africa?); documentary

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2024