Petna Ndaliko Katondolo, Democratic Republic of the Congo 2004, 10 min. No Dialogue, Pro Res.
Petna Ndaliko Katondolo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, USA 2023, 70 min. Swahili, Nande, Kinyarwanda, French with English subtitles, Pro Res.
Théâtre Brûlé features performers from Goma’s only theater, which was destroyed by an eruption of the Nyiragongo volcano, in 2002. The information inscribed in the performers’ bodies was used to revive the theater’s memories. Nearly two decades later another eruption threatened Goma again, which Ndaliko Katondolo processes in his latest film, Mahere. How does information archived in rituals and collective memories enable us to heal? A collective of artists and community members who survived the May 2021 eruption in Goma examine this question by reactivating Indigenous practices and creating new pathways from ancient knowledge.