Bwana Kitoko (1955)

In the late 1930s, André Cauvin had made fame as the director of several remarkable art documentaries. Because he was a well-known filmmaker at the time, he is asked by the Belgian Ministery of the Colonies to make documentaries about the Belgian Congo. After a first visit in 1939, Cauvin becomes attached to the country and its people. He returns on several occasions and makes many succesful documentaries. When the Belgian King Baudouin makes a 10.000 km tour through the Congo in 1955, Cauvin is the official filmmaker. This results in two different films Le voyage royal (The Royal Voyage) – aimed at European audiences and Bwana Kitoko - a version looking at things from the point of view of the Congolese.