5 X 20 MINUTES
In Eastern-Congo a futuristic Robot – made out of Coltan – named Nguya gets born after a deadly accident in one of the mines. Nguya has the mission to save the Congolese people from the war and terror seizing the region. Therefor Nguya needs to find his superpower and learn how to use it.
The project is selected for being developed at the 2022 Doha Film Institute Series Lab.
Set in a political landscape controlled by narratives that consequently victimises Congolese people, Nguya decolonizes the superhero narrative owned by Western hegemony, and places us in the skin of a futuristic Congolese super hero.
© Ellie Mbansing
Coltan is the resource that is put in all our electronic devices to be able to have a good connection with the internet. Eighty percent of all Coltan reserves are found in Eastern Congo. Therefor it is one of the main engines of the region’s war and instability.
The robot Nguya is made out of Coltan. This makes the robot to absorb all energy surrounding him and to be bulletproof. It are the two superpowers Nguya discovers to have along the road, but at the end he sees that his real superpower is that he makes people to connect and understand each other.
Nguya means “inner power” in Lingala. The power to radiate and be connected as human beings.