[French original with English subtitles]
Monique Mbeka Phoba is a filmmaker born in Brussels, the daughter of a DRC diplomat. She visited the DRC during her school holidays, but established herself in Belgium. She studied at the Saint-Louis High Business School, and obtained a degree in International Business in Brussels. Her graduating thesis was on “Cooperation between the European and African audiovisual industries.” While being student, Monique Phoba gave talks on African culture on a student radio called Radio-Campus and wrote articles in various newspapers in Brussels and Geneva, as Tam-Tam, Negrissimo and Regards Noirs. She made several documentaries, her first fiction film is titled “Sister Oyo.” This short film recounts the shaken vision of the world seen by a 10-year-old Congolese who attended a boarding school run by Belgian nuns in the 1950s during the colonial era.
This talk was given as part of the workshop Memory / History: The Power of Decolonialization, Art and Interventions (with Monique Mbeka Phoba, Laura Nsengiyumva, Womba Konga aka Pitcho).
Place: “leSpace”, Brussels (Belgium)
Filming: Muzaffer Hasaltay
Editing: Marina Gržinić, Valerija Zabret
Transcript (French): Brancika Brankov
Translation (French-English): Sonja Gobec