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Maman Colonelle

Mama Colonel

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Colonel Honorine Munyole is a robust forty-four-year-old widow and mother of seven young children – four of her own, three adopted. She wields her uniform, beret and black handbag like a protective shield, which her daily work desperately requires. More or less on her own, she runs a small police unit dedicated to protecting women who’ve been raped and children who’ve suffered abuse in the war-plagued regions of the Congo. At the start of Maman Colonelle, she’s transferred from Bukavu to Kisangani, arriving only to discover her future home and office in a desolate state. While she deals with such practical obstacles with suitable feistiness, the traumas and social deformities of the people around her have nightmarish dimensions: the envy surrounding those with state-recognised ‘victim’ status, hope for help from the ‘whites’, depression, helplessness. Although it’s hard for a Western audience to understand from where exactly this woman draws her strength, we follow her mission with growing fascination nonetheless. The film is at once a tribute to a heroine of our times and the document of a true achievement with respect to civilization.

Dieudo Hamadi

Democratic Republic of the Congo / France 2017

Lingala, Swahili, French

Documentary form
72 min · Colour


Written and directed by
Dieudo Hamadi
Director of Photography
Dieudo Hamadi
Anne Renardet
François Tariq Sardi, Dieudo Hamadi
Christian Lelong, Cinédoc Films, Annecy, Kiripi Katembo Siku, Mutotu Productions, Kinshasa


Dieudo Hamadi

Born in 1984 in Kisangani, Democratic Republic of the Congo. He studied Medicine at University of Kisangani. He then attended several documentary workshops. In 2013, he made his first feature-length film.


2009 Zero Tolerance; 16 min. · Ladies in Waiting; 24 Min., Episode in Congo in Four Acts, Berlinale Forum 2010 2013 Atalaku; 62 min. 2014 National Diploma; 90 min. 2017 Maman Colonelle

Produced by

Cinédoc Films
Annecy, France
+33 4 50452390

Mutotu Productions
Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

World sales

Lussas, France
+33 4 75943467