Journalist Silvia travels to the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo to shoot a documentary film. Immediately she is confronted with the reality on the spot. Only very few people seem to believe in the forthcoming first democratic elections. UN forces are helping rebel groups to inspire their confidence. And there are still renegade mercenary groups roaming the country-side indoctrinating children for war. Silvia has to realize, that the people are acting like figures in an absurd game, which rules she is unable to understand.The film seeks an anarchic narrative form in which the dividing line between documentary and fiction is gradually dissolved. It tells of the threatening everyday life in Congo and the possibilities of the individual to live/survive when playing his role.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:
Markus Passera was born June 28th, 1973, in Hamburg (Germany). After graduation and a year in the United States, he took up a one-year apprenticeship as an assistant
photographer in Hamburg, followed by working as freelance photographer, assistant and cameraman. In 1998 he began to study film/television/camera at the University of
Applied Sciences Dortmund. Several short films and music videos (presented and partly
awarded at various international festivals) were generated during that time.Markus Passera currently works as freelance director of photography, director and video artist for theatre and film productions, music performances and exhibitions.
"Débrouillez-Vous" is his first full-length feature film and also his diploma project.