Zeka Laplaine

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Zeka Laplaine (born 1960), sometimes credited as José Laplaine,[1] is a director and actor from Ilebo in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.[2][3] The child of a Portuguese father and Congolese mother,[4] he moved to Europe when he was 18.[5] His 1996 short film Le Clandestin was featured at the 2010 Amakula International Film Festival in Uganda.[6] He portrayed a cowboy alongside Danny Glover in Death in Timbuktu, a film within a film in the Council of Europe Film Award-winning film, Bamako.[7][8] Laplaine is a member of France's "Guilde Africaine des Realisateurs et Producteurs".[9]

Laplaine's first short film was Le Clandestin,[4] which he wrote, directed and acted in (playing a policeman in charge of a container dock in Lisbon).[4] A French production set in Portugal,[10] Le Clandestin examines African emigration and questions the dream of Europe as a "Northern Paradise" for immigrants.[4][11]


Year Film Plot
1996 Le Clandestin[3][12] A young African man jumps out of a container at Lisbon harbour. Attempting to meet his cousin in town, he is pursued by a policeman. He never meets cousin, and eventually decides to return to Africa.[4]
1996 Macadam Tribu[1][12] Set in Kinshasa, the film shows "unauthorised communities" forming within the official city, and the struggle of characters to survive. A community project—a theatrical production about popular rebellion—provides the backdrop to the fall of President Mobutu Sese Seko.[4][13]
2001 Paris: XY[1][12]
2003 Le Jardin de Papa[1][12] A French couple honeymoon in Dakar.[4]
2006 Kinshasa Palace[12][14]
2007 Le Lac Sacré[12]




  1. ^ a b c d e "Zeka Laplaine - Filmography - Movies & TV - NYTimes.com". Movies.nytimes.com. Retrieved 2010-09-20. 
  2. ^ (Armes 2008, pp. 150)
  3. ^ a b c d e "Zeka Laplaine". imdb.com. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2 October 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h (Gutberlet 2009, pp. 291)
  5. ^ Deutsch, Andre (2005). Variety international film guide. Retrieved 2 October 2010. 
  6. ^ "Zeka Laplaine | AMAKULA KAMPALA International Film Festival, Uganda". Amakula.com. Retrieved 2010-09-20. 
  7. ^ "Bamako (2006)". imdb.com. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 16 October 2010. 
  8. ^ "'Bamako', winner of the first Council of Europe film award in Istanbul". coe.int. Council of Europe Press Division. 14 April 2007. Retrieved 21 September 2010. The film “Bamako” (”The Court”), directed by Abderrahmane Sissako, has won the first film award of the Council of Europe ‘FACE’ at the International Istanbul Film Festival for its contribution to promoting human rights in accordance with the values of the Council of Europe and the principles of individual freedom, political liberty and the rule of law. 
  9. ^ (Armes 2006, pp. 145)
  10. ^ (Gutberlet 2009, pp. 293)
  11. ^ (Thackway 2003, pp. 133)
  12. ^ a b c d e f (Armes 2008, pp. 151)
  13. ^ (Flaxman 2000, pp. 243)
  14. ^ Jay Weissberg (31 October 2006). "Kinshasa Palace Review - Read Variety's Analysis Of The Movie Kinshasa Palace". variety.com. Reed Business Information. Retrieved 2 October 2010. 
  15. ^ "Terra Estrangeira (1996)". imdb.com. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 16 October 2010. 
  16. ^ "Teranga Blues (2007)". imdb.com. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2 October 2010. 


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