Cannes Docs

23-25 June 2020
Cannes Docs Co-Pro Speed Meetings

Project curated by:
DOK Leipzig


Directed by: Arnold Aganze

Produced by: Arnold Aganze (Digital Media Production, DRC), Ali Musoke (Stone Age Pictures, UGA)

Country of production: DRC, Uganda

Runtime: 70'

Expected release: March 2021

Budget: €200,000 (22% in place)

1st feature: 1st feature

Looking for: Co-producers, funders, sales and festivals


Kongo is Burning is a contemporary and celebratory tale of fashion, disco balls and the everyday hustle told by La Duchesse and Consolée, two transgender women flourishing in Bukavu, a city in the East of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Director’s profile:

Arnold Aganze is a multi-award winning director who was born in 1986 in Mushenyi, a small village in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Raised between fields of maize and war, he started a degree in Political Science in Bukavu, before dropping it and moving to Kampala, Uganda. In 2013, in Kampala, Aganze joined Maisha Film Lab where he directed his first short documentary film Rastasophical Mood, an introspective essay on an alternative community in Kampala. In 2015, after developing several scripts that were costly and with no access to serious producers, Aganze brought together his close network of fellow filmmakers and they went on to shoot N.G.O: Nothing Going On.