Pungulume – Sammy Baloji – 2016

video, color, 16:9, Sanga spoken, English subtitles, BE, 29′

SYNOPSIS

 

La ville de Fungurume est située dans la province du Katanga (République démocratique du Congo). Les collines et les montagnes autour de Fungurume forment l’un des plus grands gisements de cuivre et de cobalt au monde. À l’époque précoloniale, la région était déjà un centre important du réseau de commercialisation du cuivre qui traversait l’Afrique centrale. Les montagnes appartiennent aujourd’hui au consortium américain Tenke Fungurume Mining (TFM). Les activités minières de TFM, en plein essor depuis 2009, ont entraîné la réinstallation de milliers d’habitants Sanga. Pungulume a pour thème le chef Sanga Mpala et les aînés de sa cour alors qu’ils relatent l’histoire orale du peuple Sanga, sur fond de destruction industrielle du paysage dans lequel s’enracinent la mémoire et l’identité Sanga.

The town of Fungurume is situated in the province of Katanga (D.R. Congo) and the hills and mountains surrounding Fungurume form one of the world’s largest copper and cobalt deposits. In pre-colonial times the area was already a major centre in the copper trading network that ran across Central Africa. Today the mountains have become the property of the American Tenke Fungurume Mining consortium (TFM). From 2009 on, TFM’s mining activities have been in full swing, causing the resettlement of thousands of local Sanga inhabitants. Pungulume focuses on Sanga chief Mpala and his court elders while they are rendering the oral history of the Sanga people, against the backdrop of the industrial destruction of the landscape that anchors Sanga memory and identity. (Filip De Boeck)

Pungulume was made in the context of Suturing the City, a collaborative project by Filip De Boeck & Sammy Baloji and exists as a 3-images installation and a 1-image video.

FICHE TECHNIQUE
Concept : Sammy Baloji & Filip De Boeck
Camera : Sammy Baloji
Sound recording : Filip De Boeck
Editing : Sébastien Demeffe
Sound mixing : Frédéric Furnelle
With land chief Mpala Swanange Pascal Musenge and his court elders
Produced by Auguste Orts
Co-produced by Atelier Graphoui
With the support of the Flemish authorities, Vlaamse Gemeenschapscommissie, Fondation Fernand Willame, WIELS, Institute for Anthropological Research in Africa (IARA, KUL) & Gabriele Salmi