Germany / DR Congo

Languages: French, German, Lingala with German and English subtitles

PREMIERE of the first version

28.05.2021  20:30 h, Film opening, CINENOVA

29.05.2021 15:00 h until the 11th June you could watch the film as VIDEO ON DEMAND.






A theatre film project by Yves Ndagano and Jan-Christoph Gockel 

A global theater film: filmed in DR Congo, Rwanda, Niger, Malaysia, Hongkong, Columbia, the island Lesbos and Germany. The protagonist, a wooden doll in the form of a child. Coltan-Fever: Connecting People follows the path of the columbite-tantalite better known as Coltan around the globe: from the mines in DR Congo, to the factories in China and Malaysia as well as to the shops and customers across the globe. The film centers around the story of the Congolese artist Yves Ndagano, a former child soldier, who used to work in a coltan mine in the east of the DR Congo.


Coltan-Fever was already staged as a play as part of the africologneFestival in 2015. For this filmic adaptation Ndagano finally travelled back, for the first time since he left, to the original locations of his childhood, retelling his story with the help of a little wooden doll: back to his school, to the place he was kidnapped and to the Colton mines in the surrounding areas of the towns Bukavu and Goma. Confronted with his own biography, he continuously attempts to rewrite and continue his own story. But the story does not end there. As travelling across borders and continents are widely limited now to people, his doll is nevertheless able to travel the globe, following the goods …

Yves Ndagano, born 1990 in Bukavu, founder of the SIKILIK’Africa Company, works today as a choreographer, director and actor and is artistic director of the Kivu Theater festival.


A THEATRE FILM by Yves Ndagano and Jan-Christoph Gockel | TEXT Yves Ndagano, Jan-Christoph Gockel & Ensemble | WITH i.a. Patrick Joseph, Gianni La Rocca, Laurenz Leky, Ernestine M’Kajabika, Léontine M’Kajabika, Yves Ndagano & Michael Pietsch | CAMERA Christian Hennecke, TD Jack Muhindo & Eike Zuleeg | SOUND Tavis Jean-Batiste | EDITING Christoph Otto | PUPPETRY Michael Pietsch | PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT Kathrin K. Liess | INTERNATIONAL TEAMS Atifa Akbari (Lesbos), Bernard Akoi-Jackson (Ghana), Maman Iro Abdoul Aziz (Niger) , Yves Peter Kijyana (Rwanda), Gianni La Rocca (Belgium), Tiago Seither Afonso (Columbia) | As covered by the documentary film COLTAN-FIEBER by Christian Hennecke | PRODUCTION  peaches&rooster & africologneFESTIVAL | COPRODUCED by Theater im Bauturm Köln and Schauspielhaus Graz | SPONSORED by the Ministry of Culture and Science of North-Rhine Westphalia, North-Rhine Westphalian State Office of Independent Arts e.V., the Federal Office of Germany, the Rwanda Parnership Rheinland-Pfalz / Rwanda e.V., Shift Phone & Theater Graz | THANKS goes to Münchner Kammerspiele