The African Who Wanted to Fly

The African Who Wanted to Fly (2016)
Long Documentaire - 71' - En distribution

Directed by Samantha Biffot

Today he is a star of dozens of kung fu films and working behind the camera with Jackie Chan’s crew. But how Luc Bendza, born in a small Gabonese town, became a kung fu master in an art that didn’t count any African before him?
This is the story of a kid who wanted to fly like Chinese fighters, so passionate he tackled his destiny and entered the legendary Shaolin Temple at the age of 15.
His saga begins when he’s 10 and starts shooting his own kung fu films with his friends in the streets of Koulamoutou...

Coproduction Princesse M (Gabon), TACT (France)


Directed by Samantha Biffot

Cinematography Franck Onouviet
Sound Cédric Poulicard
Editing Xi Feng
Sound Editing Arnaud Marten
Colourgrading Gadiel Bendelac
Audio mixing Olivier Guillaume

Producer Aurélien Bodinaux
Producer Oualid Baha
Producer Pierre Ceccaldi

Production Neon Rouge
Production Tact Production
Production Princesse M (Gabon)



Technical Details: 

Genre Documentaire - Couleur

Langue Français et Chinois (mandarin)

Sous titres Français / Anglais / Chinois

Shot on HD

Format 16/9

Photos from the film:

- Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur (Namur - Belgique, 10/2015) - Sélection Regards du présent

- Les Escales Documentaires de Libreville (Libreville - Gabon, 11/2015) - Prix Spécial du Jury

- Escales Documentaires de La Rochelle (La Rochelle - France, 11/2016) - Sélection officielle

- Trophées Francophones du Cinéma 2016 (Paris - France, proclamation des résultats à Beyrouth - Liban, 12/2016) - Nomination dans la catégorie "Trophée Francophone du long métrage documentaire"

Helsinki African Film Festival (Helsinki - Finlande, 05/2017)

New York African Film Festival (New York - USA, 05/2017)

Afrykamera (Poland, 05/2017)

- Zanzibar International Film Festival (Zanzibar, 06/2017)

- Africa Movie Academy Award (Nigeria, 06/2017) - Nomination dans la catégorie "Best Documentary"

- Encounters Documentary Film Festival (Cape Town - South Africa, 06/2017)

- Shanghai International Film Festival (Shanghai - China, 06/2017)

- Durban International Film Festival (Durban - South Africa, 07/2017)

- Congo International Film Festival (Goma - République démocratique du Congo, 07/2017)

- Festival cinémas d'Afrique (Lausanne - Switzerland, 08/2017)

- Zimbabwe International Film Festival (Harare - Zimbabwe, 08/2017)

- AFRICLAP (Toulouse - France, 09/2017) - Prix Paul Soumanou Vieyra du Meilleur Documentaire

- iAfrica Film Festival (The Hague, The Nederlands, 09/2017)

- Jozi Film Festival (Johannesburg, South Africa, 09/2017)

- Silicon Valley African Film Festival (San Jose, California - USA, 09/2017)

-Brussels Art Film Festival (Brussels, Belgium, 11/2017)

- Festival des cinémas d'Afrique du pays d'Apt (Apt - France, 11/2017)

- Festival International du Film sur l'Art, le 36e (Montreal, Canada - 03/2018)

- 28th Cascade Festival of African Films (Oregan, USA - 02/2018)