Nganji "Laeh" Mutiri is a photographer / filmmaker / actor born in Congo and living in Belgium.
Partly inspired by his short film with the same title, the story follows a Congolese family living in Belgium, uncovering intimate struggles and unexpected freedom aspirations. It also takes a refreshing look at Brussels, the capital of Europe traumatized by recent terrorist attacks.
The film shooting is planned for early 2019.
May 2018. Acting in a new play directed by Ilyas Mettioui, preproduction at the Brussels City Theatre (K.V.S.)
April 2018. Crowdfunding the final postproduction steps of the short film "Ata Ndele" on KissKissBankBank.
April 2018. Screening the short film "Hors Piste", inspired by Valérie Bienfaisant and Maïa Blondeau.
March 2018. Collective actions with the association Human Acts inspired by Women's rights challenges.
January 2018. Filming & directing the short film "Hors Piste", inspired by Valérie Bienfaisant and Maïa Blondeau.
December 2017. Voice acting in animation film "caoutchouc rouge rouge coltan" directed by Jean-Pierre Griez.
December 2017. Photo exhibition in Brussels' restaurant Inzia "L'Art Est Une Arme / Art Is A Weapon".
November 2017. Photo exhibition in Brussels' K.V.S. theater "From Brussels To Kinshasa And Back".
November 2017. Guest artist at "Procedures for Anthropometric Image Reversal" by Antje Van Wichelen.
August 2017. Filmed metaphor "From Flesh To Bronze / De La Chair Au Bronze" with artist Maguy Yohari.
July 2017. Screening "Le Soleil Dans Les Yeux / The Sun In His Eyes" at the Congo International Film Festival.
June 2017. Preproduction of "Bandes Urbaines", a film inspired by individual and collective morals.
May 2017. Acting in a new play directed by Ilyas Mettioui, preproduction at the Théâtre de Liège.
March 2017. Acting in episode 10 of Swedish TV series "Hassel" directed by Eshref Reybrouck.
February 2017. Actor's showreel available on Vimeo with extracts from released films and upcoming releases.
January 2017. Spoken word collaboration "J'ai toujours voulu" with Cloé du Trèfle and Samir Sam'Touch.
December 2016. Film "Le Soleil Dans Les Yeux" premieres at the Belgian Film Festival System_D.
October 2016. Acting for "Le Caméléon" (theater play) directed by Dada Stella Kitoga.
October 2016. Voice acting for "Slavery Routes" directed by Juan Gelas and Philippe Lacôte.
September 2016. Photo exhibition "Goma Spirit" at the Swiss Festival Kongo Cultures in Lausanne.
May 2016. Presentation of the book "Creating in the post-colonial world..." at Brussels' Bozar.
May 2016. Acting for "Salamander II" directed by Frank Van Mechelen.
May 2016. Presentation of the story behind the scenes of "Joy Power" on Shadow and Act.
May 2016. Short film "Gni ts ac" screening at Brussels' Festival Massimadi.
March 2016. Directing, filming, editing "Joy Power".
March 2016. Interview by Ralf Touomi for Kamita Mag.
March 2016. Filming completed for Cloé du Trèfle's "Même Longitude Mais Bien Plus Au Nord"
February 2016. Photographic exhibition at the University of Antwerp.
December 2015. Screenings and Q&A sessions for the filmmakers gathering BXL Film Guild.
December 2015. Interview for the Congolese newspaper "Les Dépêches de Brazzaville".
December 2015. Photography exhibition "Explosion Personnelle" at Louvain-la-Neuve's PointCulture.
November 2015. Poetry intervention at Brussels SlamFactory.
November 2015. Public session titled "Decolonize Imaginations" thanks to ZinTV and Brussels Pianofabriek.
November 2015. Article about photo exhibition "Explosion Personnelle" by CultFrame.com
November 2015. Interview about art and life lessons by Madifon By Fashion.
October 2015. Acting for "From Darkness To Light : Bipolar Disorder Portraits" by Juan H. Rodriguez.
October 2015. Poetry intervention at the Parlement Francophone Bruxellois.
September 2015. Poetry performance and short film "Condamné" screening at Brussels FIFAB 2015.
July 2015. CNN article about Cairo, Lagos and Kinshasa featuring three urban photographers.
July 2015. Conference on the topic "Can we say there is an african film industry today ?"
June 2015. Photo exhibition and film screening with System_D at the Pianofabriek.
June 2015. Public reading of the poetry book "Des Intégrations" at La Librairie Filigranes.
June 2015. Classroom session on identities, roots and wings with teenagers of Koninklijk Atheneum Etterbeek.
April 2015. Public reading of the poetry book "Des Intégrations" in L'Horloge Du Sud.
February 2015. Official release of the poetry book "Des Intégrations" at La Boutique Maelström.
December 2014. Collective photo exhibition "Shot in the Dark" at the Festival System_D.
October 2014. Poem "The Colonizer"on the Congo Week Reflections.
October 2014. The filmed journal "In Search of Freedom"on /The Africa Channel/.
October 2014. Interview by / Radio Okapi / about past experiences and upcoming artistic projects.
July 2014. Actor in the feature film "Black" directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah.
June 2014. Music Video for Badi featuring 7 Kinshasa M.C. ; "243.Remix".
June 2014. Music Video for Badi featuring Youssoupha ; "243".
June 2014. Article about Belgium Red Devils on Al Jazeera America / The United States of Belgium /
March 2014. Actor in the short film "Gelukkig Zijn"directed by Frin Platteeuw.
February 2014. Release of the written/directed/edited short film "Gni ts ac".
January 2014. Beginning of a monthly directed/edited Congolese filmed journal "In Search of Freedom" with music by Badi and music by Fredy Massamba.
November 2013. Release of the written/directed/edited micro-series "The Woods".
October 2013. Actor/co-writer at De Monty theater in Antwerp for "We Have A Dream" directed by Adel Jarallah.
August 2013. First Assistant Director/Still Photographer/Actor for the short film "Soeur Oyo" directed by Monique Mbeka Phoba.
May 2013. Interview by Abstract Illusions Radio about life and art.
April 2013. Release of the directed/edited reportage "Confusion(s)" in collaboration with the United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Basketball Global Vision (BGV) in Rabat, Morocco.
March 2013. The short film "Condamné" is in the selection of the Luxor African Film Festival (LAFF).
October 2012. Music Video for Cloé du Trèfle ; "Hors du temps".
September 2012. Release of the written/directed/edited short film "God Does Not Exist" with original soundtrack composed by Cloé du Trèfle.
August 2012. Photo exhibition at Saint Ors in Brussels.
June 2012. Release of the written/directed/edited short film "Condamné" inspired by the song of Badi featuring Fanny Vanilia.
April 2012. Beginning of the Kinshasa photographic project "Impression".
December 2011. Music Video for Badi & Senso ; "Jump2" co-directed with Hubert Amiel.
October 2011. Release of the written/directed/edited short film "Shadows" with original soundtrack composed by Wilco Alkema.
June 2011. Initiator of the Belgian-African diversity project "Un Autre Visage" / www.unautrevisage.be /
May 2011. Photo exhibition at the Belgian Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers (SABAM) in Brussels.
April 2011. Co-foundation of the collective "L'Animalerie" / www.lanimalerie.tumblr.com /
April 2011. Performance at De Centrale in Ghent with The Soul Affair.
October 2010. Poetry workshop at the Festival International du Film Francophone (FIFF) in Namur and at the Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA) in Tervuren.
May 2010. Performance at the Brussels Centre for Fine Arts (Bozar) with / www.heritagecongo.be /
May 2010. Performance at Le Prisme in Braine-l'Alleud with Frédéric Gibilaro.
January 2010. Performance at The Soul Affair in Brussels with L'Art d'Etre Humain (LAEH).
March 2009. Founder and editor of the collective poetry website / www.lartdetrehumain.net /.
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