A web series and fashion brand between Kinshasa, Guangzhou and Berlin hijacking cultural clichés, stealing its audience for a roller coaster ride through real and fake, piracy and appropriation. The hot, steamy and unforgettably entertaining affair between the famous fashionista-guerrillas of Congo and China outpaces a German film team - that came to the new fashion capital Kinshasa to shoot a trailer for a campaign aiming to change the German's public perspective on Africa but eventually ends up in bed with a head turning new fashion brand.
Kinshasa Collection is produced by PONG FILM GmbH and co-produced by GOETHE-INSTITUT KINSHASA. Funded by the TURN FUND OF THE GERMAN FEDERAL CULTURAL FOUNDATION (Kulturstiftung des Bundes) as well as by MEDIENBOARD BERLIN-BRANDENBURG and HAUS DER KULTUREN DER WELT.
Episode #1 - The Pitch
An influential PR agency, active throughout the country, is preparing a new image campaign, “Africa On Eye Level”, which is intended to advertise Africa as a continent and market of the future. One of the finalists in the competition held for this purpose is a three-person film team with their project “Kinshasa Collection”. Their pitch: a portrait of Kinshasa as the emerging fashion capital of Africa. To get the job, they have to pre-finance and deliver a trailer within two months.
Episode airs July 28, 2017
Episode #2 - The Venture
With limited financial means the film team travels to Kinshasa, meeting potential Congolese protagonists and partners. Soon, however, the original plan fails — too expensive, too wild a setting, and the clothes are too ethnic-looking for the planned trailer shoot. During a fashion show the Congolese line-producer threatens to leave the project. In the last second a well-connected design professor appears on the scene.
Episode airs August 11, 2017
Episode #3 - The Deal
Short of time and under pressure to succeed, the film team is introduced to the studios of trendy fashion designers and ‘influencers‘ around the city—and takes the bait. However, collaborating with these fashionistas doesn’t come without a price. A case of blackmail? Or rather the best deal for both sides?
Episode airs August 11, 2017
Episode #4 - The Investment
Upon their arrival at the African quarter in Guangzhou, the so-called “Chocolate City”, the film team is confronted with the fact that the Congolese partners don’t want to be accompanied on-site during their purchases. They argue that the presence of a “white” crew would cause complications and drive up prices. The shopping list is endless—but how and where to find jeans, shirts, and track suits in the jungle-like gigantic textile central markets? And how can the team find a way of bringing the pirated apparel back to Kinshasa while avoiding customs?
Episode airs August 25, 2017
Episode #5 - The Gamble
Back in Kinshasa, the team prepares for filming with Congolese designers; models are cast, new locations inspected. After all, the apparel that was brought back is to be combined and presented in new “Kinshasa Style” looks and outfits. A call from the Berlin agency unexpectedly disrupts preparations: the film team has been disqualified as their project proposal is seen as an advertisement for fashion pirating. Under pressure, the people involved discuss a possible alternative and finally develop the “Kinshasa Collection” fashion label, which includes various designers, based on the film’s idea. Connections to Berlin are established in order to market the outfits there.
Episode airs September 8, 2017
Episode #6 - The Label
The clothes and accessories from the “Kinshasa Collection” are shipped to Berlin. The highlight is being prepared: a big fashion show with apparel from the “Kinshasa Collection” and Congolese models at Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt, which also serves as the last episode of the film.
Episode airs September 22, 2017
Episode #1 The PitchWatch
Episode #2 The VentureWatch
Episode #3 The DealWatch
Episode #4 The InvestmentWatch
Episode #5 The GambleWatch
Episode #6 The LabelWatch
Congolese filmmaker and journalist at home between Kinshasa, Bruxelles, Bonn and Berlin.
Sound engineer & producer from Berlin, describes himself as a 'Bounty' when at ease.
Vice state secretary in charge of African affairs.
Production manager at Pascal's and Dorothee's film production house.
Director of a PR-agency with close ties to the German government.
Kinshasa based filmmaker who works as a stringer for foreign film crews.
Patrick Ken Kalala
Kinshasa's most active film producer with a strong political agenda when it comes to filmmaking in DRC.
Free-floating Youtuber, always ready for next adventure - NEVER without her camera.
Patrizia Herberger's ambitious right hand.
Wilfried Luzele aka LovaLova
Musician, composer, sapeur, he runs a cultural centre in Kinshasa.
Madhi Kwete Madikumu
Congolese fashion enabler based in Guangzhou.
His 'DM' label outfits sell like hot cake in Kinshasa.
Berlin based fashion queen known for mixing style and activism on the catwalk.
Anthony Muzuyi aka Golden Boy
Congolese stylist living in Guangzhou.
Cedrick Nzolo aka Demi Dieu
The mastermind behind the KC label, who knows how to pull the strings in Kinshasa's fashion world.
Her label blends Western cuttings with African elements in Kizobazoba style.
Sapeur known for daring dark outfits, admirer of Yohji Yamamoto.
Djo Shongo's brother, filmmaker, photographer, mannequin.
Fashionista since birth (style is in my blood!), he runs a 'boutique ambulante' and favours glamchic.
Shaggy Pigeon de la Terre
Sapeur and devote disciple of his idol, the musician Papa Wemba, the 'Roi de la Rumba' and a prime sapeur of his time.
Berlin based director struggling for survival, trying to secure her future in DR Congo.
Elegance is the middle name of this Sapeur.
Chinese filmmaker and cultural activist with newly discovered interest in the African quarter of Guangzhou.
KC Yellow pages
the advertisement platform of "Kinshasa Collection" for individuals and businesses
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