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1070 Brussels, Belgium

Tales from the Source

Léonard Pongo

HD video, color, 16:9, no language, BE/CD, 2024, 39’

Tales from the Source offers a gaze on the landscapes of the Democratic Republic of Congo to translate a sense of its unfathomable power, diversity and knowledge. The scenery is presented as a character acting as a living entity and inhabited by the symbolism of Congolese traditions. The visual approach borrows techniques from multispectral imaging, resulting in an otherworldly experience with surreal lights and colour. Combined with an original musical composition by Bear Bones, Lay Low, we enter into a sensory dialogue with the landscape, an intelligent, ageless being in constant transformation that challenges our perception.

Cinematography Léonard Pongo
Editing Fairuz Ghammam & Léonard Pongo
Sound editing & mixing Laszlo Umbreit at Empire Digital
Music Bear Bones, Lay Low
Sound recording Cedrick Mbongo Mbulu & Léonard Pongo
Grading Miléna Trivier
Facilities Cobalt
Graphic Design La Villa Hermosa
Production Auguste Orts & Twenty Nine Studio & Production
With the support of Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds, Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, kunstencentrum nona in the context of C0N10UR, Atelier Graphoui, AFRICALIA, Kristof De Clercq gallery, Black Rock Senegal & Parc National de l’Upemba ICCN-FPF

Tales from the Source has been on display at the following locations:

Ishango Encounter Goma, (CD) Saturday, Jun 22 2024 Cinéma Lumière Mechelen, (BE) Oct 25–Oct 28 2023 Cinéma Lumière Mechelen, (BE) Sunday, Oct 22 2023 Cinéma Lumière Mechelen, (BE) Saturday, Oct 21 2023