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RIFF 2022

We, Students!

83 Minutes | Central African Republic, France, Saudi Arabia | 2021 | Two top prizes at Cinema du Reel

Synopsis

Nestor, Aaron, Benjamin and Rafiki are economics undergraduates at the University of Bangui. While navigating between the overcrowded classrooms and petty trades that allow students to survive, they keep on dreaming for a brighter future for their country.

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Director’s Bio

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RAFIKI FARIALA’S BIOGRAPHY

Born on november 17, 1997 in Uvira, Kivu (DRC), of Congolese parents, Fariala Alolea Albert (aka Rafiki Fariala) arrived early in the Central African Republic, where his parents took refuge because of the war. He studied at Padre Pio Catholic School (2006-2009), at the seminary Enfant Jésus des Pères Carmes Déchaux (2010-2013), then at Lycée d’Application de l’École normale Supérieure de Bangui (2013-2016), where he received his Baccalauréat.
At the seminary, he directs the choir and develops his voice. Later, he falls in love with the music of Makoma, a religious group. Entirely self-taught, he starts composing music.
In 2013, under the pseudonym RAFIKI – RH20, he records his first piece Why war? which becomes a hit. From then on, he composes many other songs and becomes one of the promising figures of Bangui’s musical scene.
In 2017, he is selected among 150 candidates to take part in the documentary workshop organised in Bangui by Ateliers Varan. At the end of the workshop, he directs his first film, Mbi na Mo (You and Me). The film is selected at the Lausanne, Montréal, St Denis and Lille festivals, and at the Biarritz FIPADOC.

RAFIKI FARIALA’S

Filmography

  • 2017 Mbi na Mo (You and Me), short documentary.

Film Details

  • Year:
    2021
  • Genres:
  • Runtime:
    83 Minutes
  • Languages:
    French
  • Countries:
    Central African Republic, France, Saudi Arabia
  • Premiere:
  • Edition:
    RIFF 2022
  • Director:
    Rafiki FARIALA
  • Screenwriter:
    Rafiki FARIALA
  • Producer:
    Daniele INCALCATERRA, Boris LOJKINE
  • Cast:

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