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MABOUNGOU: Being in the World

kNOwBOX dance Film Festival 2023

Official Selection Film Spotlight

MABOUNGOU: Being in the World

MABOUNGOU: Being in the World / Korea Premiere / Canada / 48:47

This documentary delves into the resonant universe of Montréal-based choreographer and philosopher, Zab Maboungou, of Franco-Congolese origin... Her political history, artistry, and pioneering research of rhythm-cultures are acts of empowerment that created belonging for other African artists in Canada and abroad.

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This first-ever documentary on Zab Maboungou’s life and times is anchored in the philosophy embedded in the dance that she creates and the aesthetic of her personal trajectory. As filmmakers, we see Maboungou as a profound and engaged artist pushing forward the art of dance, all the while respecting the rigour of her technique and conveying the richness of its roots. We are drawn to her ability to work at the forefront of current expression, inherently challenging the norms and preconceptions surrounding African dances, always embracing a constantly evolving culture.

Our scope of work in dance-media is often conceptually cross-cultural, infusing hybrid content and form, and we continually want to open ourselves to a dialogue on layered authenticities. Mouvement Perpétuel is an award-winning Montreal-based independent film, video, and new media production company specializing in arts programming. Co-directors Marlene Millar and Philip Szporer create impressionistic dance-media films, arts documentaries and multi-channel video installations, feature expansive choreographies and portraits of some of Canada/Quebec’s leading contemporary dancers and choreographers and from across cultures within the Americas, Europe and Asia. Viewers are invited into a deeply intimate tracing of the curvatures of rich human experience.


Directors: Marlene Millar, Philip Szporer

Producers: Marlene Millar, Philip Szporer

Writers: Philip Szporer, Marlene Millar, Dr. 'Funmi Adewole Elliott

Cinematographers: Michael Wees, Peter Krieger

Editor: Mark Durand

Animator: Kara Blake

Music Composition: Judith Gruber-Stitzer

Sound Design: Judith Gruber-Stitzer

Music and Recording Mixer: François Arbour

Online Editor: Tony Manolikakis (Rev13 Films)

Dialogue Editor: Daniel Toussaint

Research: Lucy Fandel

Visual Research: Siam Obregón

Narration: Dr. 'Funmi Adewole Elliott, Philip Szporer

Assistants: Maritza Grégoire



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