"Aimé", which means 'loved", is an eponymous documentary opening a door to the Paris Congolese community. Mickaël Bandela, the French narrator of Congolese origin, follows Aimé, a friend of his mother who has made his way from Brazzaville to Paris, thanks to his successful restaurant and his lucky stars.
Mickaël takes the opportunity to attend Aimé's 40th birthday, coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the opening of his restaurant, to show us a man celebrated by his friends as well as the Congolese Diaspora in Paris. The more time Mickaël spends in the company of Aimé, the more he realizes that this man's goal is something other than to succeed professionally. Aimé desires something more...
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:
MICKAËL BANDELA is a French director and movie editor of Congolese and Moroccan origins. He has been living and working in Paris for 10 years. After having graduated as an Audio Engineer from SAE Institute in Paris, Mickaël founded "Va-et-Vient", an association dedicated to the production of artistic projects (video, photography). In 2008, his video and photographical work on Brazzaville was awarded with the winning prize of the "Carte Jeune Génération 2008" contest, run by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Since 2009, Mickaël has been working as a short film, documentary and TV advertising editor. Meanwhile, he develops documentaries on the theme of the Congolese Diaspora. "Aimé" is his first film as a director https://vimeo.com/mickaelbandela/albums
JULIEN SCHEIDLE studied ethnology at Strasbourg and specialized in ethnobotany. He worked for two years in Guatemala for a French NGO that seeks to enhance the traditional use of medicinal plants among the Mayan peoples of the Altiplano. After having returned from this field project, he decided to incorporate a visual dimension to its ethnological work. He then graduated with a Masters in Visual Anthropology at "Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology" at the University of Manchester. Since then he has spent several years traveling in Central America. "Aimé" is his first film as a director.