Colonel Honorine, more commonly known as « Mama Colonel », works for the Congolese police force and heads the unit for the protection of minors and the fight against sexual violence. Having worked for 15 years in Bukavu, in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, she learns she is transferred to Kisangani. There, she finds herself faced with new challenges. Through the portrait of this extraordinarily brave and tenacious woman, who fights for justice to be done, this film addresses the issue of violence towards women and children in the DRC and the difficulty of overcoming the past war.

director biography


Dieudo Hamadi

Dieudo  Hamadi  was  born  in  Kisangani  (Democratic  Republic  of  the  Congo)  in  1984  and  studied  Medicine  in  2005-2008.  He  then  attended  several  documentary  workshops.  He  is  author  of  two  short  documentaries  Ladies  In  Waiting and  Zero  Tolerance that  caught  the  attention  of  several  festivals  in  Europe  (Berlin,  Paris,  Amsterdam)  and  Canada  (Toronto).  Ladies  In  Waiting received  the  ‘‘Pierre  and  Yolande  Perrault’’  scholarship  at  Cinema  du  Réel  (Paris)  in  2009.  In  2013,  with  Atalaku,  his  first  feature  documentary  about  the  2011  election  campaign  in  the  Democratic  Republic  of  the  Congo,  he  won  the  Joris  Ivens  award  for  best  first  film,  presented  by  Marceline  loridan  (Cinema  du  Réel),  Best  Foreign  Film  at  the  San  Diego  Black  Film  Festival  (USA),  the  Jury  Prize  at  FIDADOC  (Agadir,  Morocco)  and  3  other  awards.  In  2014,  National  Diploma    receives  both  the  International  Prize  of  the  SCAM  and  the  Potemkin  award  at  Cinéma  du  Réel  (France),  is  selected  at  TIFF  (Toronto)  and  nearly  60  festivals  worldwide.  In  2015,  Mama  Colonel  his  latest  film  in  production,  received  assistance  in  post-production  from  the  Sundance  Institute  and  IDFA  -  BerthaFund.