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Jaylan Salah
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05/04/2015
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Jaylan Salah (Africiné)


Dieudo Hamadi, Congolese film director


Scene from National Diploma


Scene from National Diploma


Scene from National Diploma


National Diploma


D. Hamadi, at Black Movie 2014, Geneva


Luxor 2015


FCAT 2015, Cordoba


Tübingen Stuttgart 2014


Afrikamera 2014, Berlin - Germany


JCC 2014


Agat films


Karoninka






Africiné Magazine, the World Leader

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Examen d'état (National Diploma), by Congolese director, Dieudo Hamadi
A Personal Story weaved in the Universal

Examen d'état (National Diploma), a 90 minute-documentary by Congolese director, Dieudo Hamadi discusses a very personal struggle of students in his hometown Kisangani of the Democratic Republic of Congo who would do anything to pass their state exam.
The movie lays out the concept of education in a small, poor city of the larger, more urbanized, Kisangani and how it is the last resort for the students who see it as a way to find a better future and change their drastic reality into something better.



Complications arise from the capitalistic ominous restrictions of private schools, which control the educational system due to the country's inability to provide basic services for its students. In a subtle and smooth way, the movie directs our attention into how corruption in third world countries is a hierarchal process that gets reproduced whenever people get stuck in a regular situation which turned into a complicated mess due to bureaucracy.
Through a series of witty situations and through masterful use of twisted humor, Hamadi presents the means which justify the bright ends that the students are seeking.
Hamadi also excelled at presenting the hypocrisy by which conservative societies which are comprised mainly of poor, nuclear families survive. Despite finding their resort in education and science, students use religion as their gateway to success. By visiting the city's magician or spiritual leader, one student asks him for blessings, and for a juju (an amulet or a spell used superstitiously as part of witchcraft in East Africa) to use as a lucky (religious) charm for success.

One of the high points of National Diploma is its use of a very personal, national rapport to invest it universally. By using the Congolese students' struggles with education, he touches on the universal theme of finding one's steps in the intricate web of high school education. The average viewer would totally relate to this problem in this tiny city in a far off part of the world.
National Diploma is a very ambitious product, the second documentary feature for his young director, however its low points stemmed from the three-act structure which instead of being proportionally divided, there was a very long, slightly dull first act with a vibrant, yet a bit rushed third one. There was also a heavily-influenced Hollywoodian approach to high school life through displaying the teenagers and how they interact with each other, without losing their sense of national identity.

Overall, National Diploma is a very ambitious film, making good use of standard filmmaking techniques while using its unique, personal story as a background for putting the spotlight on grand, international themes.

written by Jaylan Salah

This paper is part of the Workshop on Film Criticism, commissioned by the 4th Luxor African Film Festival, 16-22 March 2015, mentored by Thierno I. Dia, Africiné.

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   liens films

Examen d'État 2014
Dieudo Hamadi


   liens artistes

Hamadi Dieudo


   évènements

20/03/2014 > 30/03/2014
festival |France |
Cinéma du réel 2014
36e Festival international de documentaires

28/04/2014 > 04/05/2014
festival |Maroc |
FIDADOC 2014 - Festival International du Documentaire à Agadir
6ème édition

01/06/2014 > 07/06/2014
festival |Burkina Faso |
Ciné Droit Libre - Ouagadougou 2014
10ème édition. Thème : I Have a dream. En présence de l'invité spécial Jerry J. Rawlings.

21/08/2014 > 24/08/2014
festival |Suisse |
Festival cinémas d'Afrique - Lausanne 2014
9e édition

04/09/2014 > 14/09/2014
festival |Canada |
Festival International du Film de Toronto (TIFF 2014)
39ème édition.

03/10/2014 > 10/10/2014
festival |Belgique |
FIFF - Festival International du film francophone de Namur 2014
29ème édition. 3 ateliers, plus de 100 films !‏

23/10/2014 > 01/11/2014
festival |Émirats arabes unis |
Abu Dhabi Film Festival - ADFF 2014
8ème édition

29/10/2014 > 05/11/2014
festival |Allemagne |
Festival International du Film Francophone de Tübingen-Stuttgart 2014
31ème édition. Thème : Face à face. Rétrospective François Dupeyron + Focus Afrique. Hommage à Adama Sallé.

07/11/2014 > 14/11/2014
festival |France |
Festival des cinémas d'Afrique du pays d'Apt 2014
12e édition.

11/11/2014 > 16/11/2014
festival |Allemagne |
Afrikamera 2014
7ème édition

19/11/2014
projection |Belgique |
Examen d'Etat

29/11/2014 > 06/12/2014
festival |Tunisie |
Journées Cinématographiques de Carthage - JCC 2014
25ème session. Film d'ouverture : "Timbuktu" d'Abderrahmane SISSAKO (Mauritanie).

16/01/2015 > 25/01/2015
festival |Suisse |
Festival Black Movie 2015
16ème édition. Geneva International Independent Film Festival.

16/03/2015 > 22/03/2015
festival |Égypte |
Luxor African Film Festival - LAFF 2015
4ème édition

21/03/2015 > 28/03/2015
festival |Espagne |
FCAT 2015 - Festival du Cinéma Africain de Cordoue
12ème édition. Rétrospective Emil Abossolo Mbo, grand acteur camerounais.

24/04/2015 > 30/04/2015
festival |Burundi |
FESTICAB 2015 - Festival International du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel du Burundi
7ème édition. Thème: "Cinéma et Droits de la personne humaine".

   liens structures

AGAT Films et Cie
France | Paris

Independent Shabab Foundation (ISF)
Égypte

Karoninka
Sénégal | DAKAR

Studios Kabako
République démocratique du Congo | Kisangani

Vosges Télévision Images Plus
France | EPINAL

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