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Belgium, 2019

Original music : Francesco Nchikala Production : Atelier Graphoui, Picha asbl, Twenty Nine Studio & Production

Programmed by Jérémie Jorrand



Films from DOK Leipzig


Through habit and the force of machines we have become sleepwalking godforsaken creatures, guinea pigs for history and machines.

Tënk's opinion

We are born pebbles and to pebbles we will return. One of the great strengths of this film by Frank Mukunday and Tétshim, is how it represents a pigeon in flight, a swimmer or a child playing by animating – in other words, bringing to life – small pebbles. This is a feat of fantastic technical virtuosity, but there’s even more to it than that. The film describes a Congolese town at the foot of a mine where cobalt and lithium are extracted for the engines of the cute electric cars that drive along the streets of our cities with their sweet, muffled sound. It shows us where, to cut pollution here, we prefer to poison people and places over there. The choice of a pebble as animation material is right on target… each person in that town is the very earth that we exploit. Every single person, in fact, is the earth that we exploit.

Jérémie Jorrand
Tënk's Editorial and programming Director

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