immagine gff 2022




Category: Edition 2022

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. 

Original Title Je M'Appelle Chancelvie
Category Official Competition
Section GEx Doc
Tipology Documentary, Feature Film
Duration 87'
Production Year 2022
Nationality Belgium, Congo
Directed by Marc-Henri Wajnberg
Director of photography Paul Shemisi, Elie Mbansing, Ken Nsiona, Nathan Muteba, Marc-Henri Wajnberg
Editor Filipa Cardoso, Paul-Jean Vranken
Sound Ingrid Simon
With Chancelvie Kaponge, Shekinah Sonco, Dodo Mbondo-Bumi, Gracia Matondo, the artists of Ndaku La vie est belle
Produced by Marc-Henri Wajnberg, Catherine Boes
Production Wajnbrosse Productions (Belgium)

Copie de Director HD 1Marc-Henri Wajnberg

Marc-Henri Wajnberg studied cinema at INSAS (Institut Supérieur des Arts), Brussels. He is a scriptwriter, director, actor and producer. His productions are eclectic: in all, he has produced 3,000 very short films, including the famous Clap collection, broadcast internationally. His short film LE RÉVEIL, with Jean-Claude Dreyfus, won a prize at Cannes and received 22 awards worldwide. He has directed and produced a number of documentaries including OSCAR NIEMEYER, AN ARCHITECT COMMITTED TO HIS CENTURY, which was also awarded in several international festivals. He directed two feature films; JUST FRIENDS and KINSHASA KIDS (selected in Venice, Toronto, Busan, New York...). The world premiere of his first VR film, KINSHASA NOW, took place at the Venice Film Festival 2020.

Director’s statement

“For ten years, I have made several films with street children in Kinshasa. There are now around 35,000 survivors. For those I have filmed I contribute as much as I can to care for them, integrating them into centers recreating family ties. I participate in financing their education so that they can learn to read and write. Today, some of them have jobs, but most importantly, they all have plans for the future. I met Chancelvie during a previous film shoot, when she was 15 years old and had been living on the streets since she was 8. She fascinated me with her extraordinary inventiveness and her boundless energy.
After the end of the shoot we stayed in touch and we decided to make a film once she told me about her pregnancy. Chancelvie is the pivotal character surrounded by the other street girls and Congolese artists. Through art, these street children find inspiration in their imagination and freedom. In this documentary, there is no commentary on my part in order to give voice to Chancelvie, Shekinah, Dodo and others. They show impressive strength in their ability to fight and overcome their daily difficulties with a stunning, unconcerned joie de vivre.”

Festival contact
Wajnbrosse Productions (Belgium)

International distribution 
Celluloid Dreams (France)