Reportedly the first documentary ever selected for Cannes' Critics Week and winner of its Grand Prize, Makala details the almost Sisyphean labor that 28-year-old Congolese Kabwita Kasongo undergoes to bring the charcoal he makes to market. Without pretense or judgment but with great visual precision and beauty, director Emmanuel Gras shows Kasongo's backbreaking process, which includes a 50-kilometer trek to the nearest village market, pushing his impossibly laden bicycle all the way.



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