New US Trailer for Extraordinary Doc 'Makala' About a Charcoal Maker

July 30, 2018
Source: YouTube

Makala Doc Trailer

"Time is going by so fast." Kino Lorber has debuted an official US trailer for a documentary titled Makala, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last year and played at the Toronto & London Film Festivals. I saw this in London and loved it, writing a rave review. It's still often on my mind and with this new trailer I want to bring some attention to it again. Made by French filmmaker Emmanuel Gras, Makala follows one man from Congo (aka Democratic Republic of the Congo) who makes charcoal on his own then carries it on a bike to a nearby city to sell. As I said in my review: "it is one of the most engaging looks at humanity you can find on screen all year." Makala is an eye-opening cinematic experience that I highly recommend to all.

Here's the new US trailer (+ poster) for Emmanuel Gras' documentary Makala, direct from YouTube:

Makala Poster

You can also watch the original UK trailer for Gras' Makala here, for a bit more footage from this film.

A young man from a village in the Congo hopes to offer his family a better future. His only resources are his own two hands, the surrounding bush, and an iron will. When he sets out on an exhausting, perilous journey to sell the fruit of his labor, he discovers the true value of his efforts, and the price of his dreams. Makala is directed by French filmmaker Emmanuel Gras, of the films Bovines and 300 Souls previously. This first premiered in the Critics Week sidebar at the Cannes Film Festival last year, and also played at other fests including the Toronto, Tokyo, Vienna & London Film Festivals. This already opened in the UK in February. Kino Lorber will release Gras' Makala in select theaters starting August 24th. Who's interested?

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It's documentaries like this that can bring perspective to your life. While you might not be a millionaire or have the mansion/sports car, be grateful. There are those out there less fortunate and working hard just to survive. We can type away on our computers providing opinions regarding this or that, yet still some of us feel we are "owed something". Be humble, be grateful and be happy, regardless of where you are. Destiny is what you make of it. Don't expect it to change unless you strive to make it so. /rantend

THE_RAW_ on Jul 30, 2018


It's not a rant, it's a sound attitude for this world. Kudos to you in that respect ...

shiboleth on Jul 31, 2018


No easy days.

DAVIDPD on Jul 30, 2018


In my neighborhood there used to be a graphite which stated: "You may not be aware of it, but you're part of that 30% people in this world who are rich". That's probably true, no matter how much some of us have. One has to strive and fight to live in a economically better and more equal society and that's the way we help people like these in this trailer ...

shiboleth on Jul 31, 2018

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