The Congolese Maman Colonelle awarded prize by Women for Africa at FCAT

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The Congolese Maman Colonelle awarded prize by Women for Africa at FCAT

Honorine Munyole, the star of the documentary Maman Colonelle (Democratic Republic of the Congo / France, 2016), has won the Prize for Best Actress awarded by the Women for Africa Foundation (Mujeres por África) at the 2017 African Film Festival of Tarifa.

Munyole, a very popular officer on the police force in Bukavu in her country, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, takes the lead role in the documentary directed by Dieudo Hamadi. It tells the story of her commitment in the defence of women’s and children’s rights and the fight against rape, of which they are victims.

The festival’s jury thus awarded the most original prize of this edition by recognising the work in front of the camera of a real woman instead of an actress. They explained that they took it for granted that “the presence of a camera makes the person a character,” regardless of the type of film. Whether it is fiction or a documentary, “the actress is the one who plays the role, whether or not the role is played in real life.”

Women for Africa sends its warmest congratulations to Honorine Munyole, not only for this cinema prize, but also for her tireless activity in upholding the law and women’s integrity and dignity. Congratulations, Honorine!

 

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