Kiripi Katembo Siku

Kiripi Katembo Siku
© Berlinale 2010
Film director, Painter, Photographer, Producer
Principal country concerned : Column : Music, Theater, Cinema/tv, Fine arts, Photo, Dance
Congo, Democratic Republic

Kiripi Katembo Siku was born in Goma, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, on June 20, 1979 and studied at the college of fine arts in Kinshasa. He is a producer, photographer, and painter. He has shown his photographs and paintings in solo and group exhibitions in Kinshasa.
He died on the 5th of August 2015 in Kinshasa.


Kiripi Katembo Siku, an art school student from the Democratic Republic of Congo, is a film maker with ingenuity and a mobile. He circumvents the restrictions and government censorship in Kinshasa, the country's capital, by attaching his mobile phone to a toy car, setting it to film, and then giving it to a girl to pull behind her on a piece of string as she walks through the streets of Kinshasa.

The resulting "Voiture en Carton" ("Cardboard Car") provides a rare glimpse of street-life in Kinshasa. The seven-minute film gives the viewer a clandestine look at life in the capital - feet of children, youth gambling, and an UN jeep passing by.

According to CNN, he is one of a number of filmmakers in the DR Congo who says that using a mobile phone allows him to film in ways that were previously not possble. Film makers there say that filming permits are not given out anymore to avoid exposing corruption, poverty, and crime. Those brave enough to defy the authorities and shoot without permission risk fines, arrest, or worse.

* KatrinVerclas's blog (


Kiripi Katembo Siku wurde am 20. Juni 1979 in Goma, Demokratische Republik Kongo, geboren und studierte an der Kunsthochschule von Kinshasa. Er arbeitet als Produzent, Fotograf und Maler. Seine Fotografien und Bilder wurden in diversen Einzel- und Gruppenausstellungen in Kinshasa präsentiert.
Leider gestorben am 5. August 2015 in Kinshasa.


Nasce a Goma, nella RDC, nel 1979. Frequenta l'Accademia di Belle Arti a Kinshasa. E' fotografo, produttore, regista e pittore. Ha esposto i suoi lavori fotografici e pittorici alla Biennale di Kinshasa.


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