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I am Chance


I am Chance follows the microcosm of a group of street savvy girls in the surprisingly bright, pop and artistic megacity of Kinshasa.

Astute, sassy and resilient, Chancelvie and her friends take on the world, fighting and nurturing, stealing and sharing, turning tricks and making art. Vibrant and exuberant, Kinshasa itself becomes a character in the film, combining its voice with that of the girls. 


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Director : Marc-Henri Wajnberg

Starring : Chancelvie Kaponge, Shekinah Sonco, Dodo Mbondo-Bumi, Gracia Matondo and the artists of Ndaku La vie est belle: Bonanza Amigo, Duda Léonard Niwaza, Junior Mungongu, Nada Tshibwabwa, Patrick Kitete, Precy Numbi, Sarah Ndele, Shoty Ndjoli

Music : David Linx, KOKOKO!

Duration : 85'

Year : 2022

A Wajnbrosse production

In co-production with RG & Creative Associates (RDC),CBA - Brussels Audiovisual Center, RTBF (Belgian Television) - Documentary Unit, Canvas, Voo, Be tv and Canal+ International

With the support of the Cinema and Audiovisual Center of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation,

Tax Shelter of the Belgian Federal Government via Belga Productions, Telenet, the Brussels-Capital Region, Trust Merchant Bank, Jean-François Peterbroek Foundation, Forrest International Group and its Rachel Forrest and George Arthur Forrest foundations


"An exceptional testimony that gives cinema its raison for being

and its letters of nobility."

Francis de Laveleye

“One of the great merits of the film is that it shows without falseness a Congolese reality that is both moving and challenging "

Hugues Dayez - RTBF


Fabienne Bradfer - Le Soir

“A moving portrait”  

Amnesty International

"I am Chance transports us between history and memory, between sisterhood and hope."


"A powerful poetic space that transcends the everyday"


"Social commitment is part of Wajnberg's DNA."

Niels Ruell - BRUZZ

"Marc-Henri gives body and voice to a gang of girls, touching and moving street children."

Aurore Engelen - Cinevox


Amade Prize from the foundation created by Princess Grace of Monaco - Monte-Carlo Television Festival (Monte-Carlo, Monaco)
ECFA (European Children's Film Association) Documentary Award - Filem'On - International Film Festival for Young Audiences 2022 (Belgium)
Documentary Film Award - 19th season of Black Swan International Film Festival (Kolkata, India)
Feature Film Competition Award - International Ethnographic Film Festival OKO
Grand Prix Solidarité internationale - 9th Africlap 2022 Festival
Best Feature Documentary - San José International Film Awards 8° SJIFA 2022
Best Feature Documentary - PAMPA DocFest 2023
Audience Award - IBIZA Cinefest 2023
Best Feature Documentary - 7th San Antonio Independent Film Festival
Nominated in the category "Best Documentary" - Magritte du Cinéma 2023
Nominated in the category "Best Documentary" - 12th ECFA Awards (European Children's Film Association)
Special mention in the international documentary competition - 39th International Film Festival Vues d'Afrique
Audience Award/Sinko du Sina Boko Sero Toorou Touko Sari Award - Festival International des Films Identitaires et Solidaires 2023 (FestIFIS-Nikki, 3e édition)


*Festival international du film documentaire Millenium 2022 (Bruxelles, Belgique)
*61ème Festival de Télévision de Monte-Carlo (Monte-Carlo, Monaco)
*Giffoni Film Festival 2022 (Giffoni, Italie)
*Durban Film Mart 2022 (Durban, Afrique du Sud)
*Los Angeles Black Film Festival 2022 (Los Angeles, USA)
*États généraux du film documentaire 2022 (Lussas, France)
*Montreal International Black Film Festival 2022 (Montréal, Canada)
*Kano International Film Festival 2022 (Kano, Nigéria)
*Ecrans Noirs : le festival du cinéma africain (Yaoundé, Cameroun)
*Festival du Film solidaire de Nivelles (Nivelles, Belgique)
*Festival International du film africain de Paris (l’Afrique fait son cinéma) 2022 (Paris, France)
*Filem'On - International Film Festival for Young Audiences 2022 (Belgique)
*Festival international du film africain en Argentine 2022 (Córdoba, Argentine)
*Journées Cinématographiques de Carthage (Tunis, Tunisie)
*Escales Documentaires (La Rochelle, France)
*Black Cat Award International Film Festival (La Paz, Bolivie)
*International Ethnographic Film Festival OKO (Toruń, Poland)
*Festival Africlap (Toulouse, France)
*San Jose International Film Awards (San José, Costa Rica)
*Mriya International Film Festival (Bruxelles, Belgique)

*Florence International Film Festival (Florence, Italie)

*FILMESQUE Cinefest (New York, USA)
*Switzerland International Film Festival 2022 (Suisse)
*African Film Festival (Kisumu, Kenya)
*Fabrique du Cinéma Awards (Rome, Italie)
*Black Swan International Film Festival (Calcutta, Inde)
*Brno Film Festival (Brno, République Tchèque)
*Festival Black Movie : Festival international de films indépendants (Genève, Suisse)
*Santander Festival International de Cine Independiente (Santander, Colombie)
*II Festival Internacional de Cine Documental – Pampa DocFest (La Pampa, Patagonie, Argentine)
*Ibizacinefest-Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente de Ibiza (ibiza, Espagne)
*Amnesty International (Festival au cinéma pour les droits humains) (France)
*Festival Panafricain du Cinéma et de la Télévision de Ouagadougou (FESPACO) (Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso)
*San Antonio Independent Film Festival (San Antonio, Équateur)
*39e Festival international de cinéma « Vues d'Afrique » (Montréal, Canada)
*Festival International du Cinéma Africain Khouribga (FICAK, 23e édition) (Khouribga, Maroc)
*Festival International des Films Identitaires et Solidaires 2023 (Nikki, Bénin)
*Bucharest Film Awards (Bucarest, Roumanie)

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