© Lucile Desamory, Glodie Mubikay, Gustave Fundi

Lucile Desamory produced her second feature-length film Télé Réalité in collaboration with Congolese filmmakers and directors Glodie Mubikay and Gustave FundiThey founded the O2 Studios production company in 2012, bringing together visual artists and technicians. They produce short films, mainly in the horror and science fiction genres.

Télé Réalité had its world premiere during the 70th Berlin International Film Festival in 2020. Shot in both Kinshasa and in Belgium, the film offers a reflection on the concept of ethnographic surrealism, which it applies to the practice of “Pagan rituals” that is still widespread in Belgium. The references are the preparations for a reality TV programme about the Belgian Carnival, which is financed and directed by three Congolese producers lacking an audience and seeking a media coup by exposing the collective madness of former colonisers. Hawaly, the Burundian show runner, is tasked with organising the filming in Belgium, but her Belgian costume designer colleague appears highly preoccupied by the supernatural.

The film presents a complex landscape comprising costumes, rites, dialects, and languages, conjuring up the supernatural and the fantastic: “Is it not true that at night, the superstitious Belgian countryside, with its dark fables, becomes the brightly-lit place on the planet, a perfect landing spot for UFOs? If, we ever want to open up new perspectives in the exchanges between Africa and Europe, we will have to come up with new proposals." It is with this in mind that Lucile Desamory, Gustave Fundi and Glodie Mubikay intend to inaugurate a sort of telepathic channel between the two continents. They are creating a metaphorical tunnel, opening up new possibilities of engagement and a carnival of shared narratives.