Silver Dove Award Dok Leipzig 2016
Swiss Film Award 2017, Best Documentary Film & Best Film Editing

A devastating film sparked by a school exercise book containing 300 courageous testimonies of Central African women, girls, and men, a record of the trauma suffered at the hands of Congolese mercenaries between October 2002 and March 2003.

Filmed over seven years, Cahier Africain follows both the progress of the exercise book as it makes its way to a vault at the International Criminal Court in the Hague, and the quiet desperation of the women who display extraordinary courage.

Just as the pages of the exercise book bore witness to their experiences, so too does this film bear witness to a country torn apart by war and coup d’├ętats.

Specogna travels courtesy of Swiss Films and will attend screenings in CT

Swiss Focus

In 2017, Visions du Réel in Nyon, Switzerland hosted a Focus on South African documentary production and thus, in keeping with this spirit of cultural dialogue, Encounters in partnership with Swiss Films, will host a showcase of contemporary Swiss documentaries at the Festival this year. Two Swiss filmmakers, Heidi Specogna and Laurence Bonvin, will showcase their work and participate in the Encounters Industry programme.

Cape Town
Sun 4, 7.30pm + Q&A
Sun 11, 7.15pm
Heidi Specogna
Switzerland / Germany
119 minutes