Coltan Fever: Connecting People

Director: Jan-Christoph Gockel, TD Jack Muhindo Mahamba

Germany, DR Congo, Austria, 2022



Yves Ndagano is a former child soldier and coltan miner from the east of Congo. He travels back to the places of his childhood for the first time to recapture his traumatic history at the sites where they happened. Ndagano meets his kidnappers, he returns to the coltan mine and even to the place where he was forced to become a murderer. He tries to uncover the connection between his fate and the global trade in raw materials. Finally, he confronts his family, who had rejected him for years.

Director's bio

Jan-Christoph Gockel is an international director for theatre and film. He has been part of the leading artistic team of the Münchner Kammerspiele since the 2020/21 season. His productions for the Théâtre National Wallonie-Bruxelles, Schauspiel Frankfurt and Les Récréatrales in Ouagadougou and various other places – usually focus on political issues.

The Congolese filmmaker TD Jack Mahamba Muhindo studied documentary film and film editing at the Yole!Africa Cultural Centre in Goma, Eastern Congo. He is the founder of the Congo International Film Festival and artistic director of the film festival “Semaine du Cinema au Kivu”.


Camera: TD Jack Muhindo Mahamba, Eike Zuleeg
Editor: Christoph Otto
Sound: Oliver Achatz, Leon Felker, Stephan Becker
Music: Matthias Grübel
Producer: Jan-Christoph Gockel & Kathrin Liess