Makala. 2017. France. Directed by Emmanuel Gras. Courtesy of Les Films du Losange

Makala. 2017. France. Directed by Emmanuel Gras. In French, Swahili; English subtitles. 96 min.

Gras’s transfixing road movie and Cannes Film Festival prizewinner follows a young Congolese man named Kabwita through the making, transporting, and selling of charcoal—from the felling of a tree to pushing a teetering bicycle weighed down with bulging sacks along treacherous dirt roads to contending with motorists, extortionists, and potential customers. As Gras observes Kabwita’s perilous trade, he derives beauty from the monumental efforts that go into his day-to-day existence. Makala is a documentary that resembles a neorealist parable, locating an epic dimension in the humblest of existences. A Kino Lorber release.

    1. Thursday, August 30, 2018,
      7:00 p.m.

      The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2
    2. Wednesday, August 29, 2018,
      7:00 p.m.

      The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2
    3. Tuesday, August 28, 2018,
      4:30 p.m.

      The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2
    4. Monday, August 27, 2018,
      7:00 p.m.

      The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2
    5. Sunday, August 26, 2018,
      4:00 p.m.

      The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2
    6. Saturday, August 25, 2018,
      4:00 p.m.

      The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2
    7. Friday, August 24, 2018,
      7:00 p.m.

      The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2