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Examen d’Etat - Dieudo Hamadi
(2014, 90’)

Maria Bonsanti, Artistic Director of the Cinéma du Réel festival, will be gracing us with her presence. She will introduce Examen d’Etat, which won the SCAM International Prize and the Potemkine Award at the last edition of Cinéma du Réel.

In Kisangani, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a group of young final year students are getting ready to pass their state exam, the equivalent of the French baccalaureate. Dieudo Hamadi’s camera films them as they prepare for it, from the school benches where pupils are regularly expelled because they haven’t paid the "teachers’ bonus", to the "maquis" (shared houses) where they meet to revise and the chaotic streets of the city where they spend their time "looking for life".