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Simple Production — Movies, Hamba Celebration


Hamba Celebration

52' / 1955

Luc de Heusch

In 1954, during an ethnographic mission in Belgian Congo, Luc de Heusch fitted with a small Bell & Howelle camera and with one of the first magnetic ring sound recorder, filmed the daily ceremonial life of a village in a Congolese forest in the former province of Kasaï. The movie's first version, "Fête chez les Hamba" has been showed in 1956 at the 'Musée de l'Homme' in Paris during the First International Forum of the Ethnographic Film organized at Jean Rouch's initiative. In 1997, Luc de Heusch went about the image and the sound restoration thanks to the help of the RTBF, the Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique and the FOBRA. This new editing is the definitive version of one of the very rare evidences of the traditional social life in an African community during the Belgian colonization.


  • Director : Luc de Heusch
  • 16mm - B&W - 52'
  • Script : Luc de Heusch
  • Image : Luc de Heusch
  • Editor : Emmanuelle Dupuis
  • Voice : Jean-François Bastin & Marc Moulin
  • Restoration of the original recordings : Jean-Claude Boulanger
  • Sonorisation : Jean-Claude Boulanger
  • Sound editor : Bertrand Leroy

Production and Partners

  • Production :RTBF - Luc de Heusch - Simple Production - RTBF 
  • Partners : With the support of Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique and la Fondation Belge pour la Recherche Anthropologique (FOBRA).


  • Original version : French


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