The Vulnerable Ones (Les Vulnerables)

Bavarian Premiere

Screenings: Friday, June 13, 19:00 and Monday, June 16, 21:00 (SALTY)


Country of Origin: Congo/USA
Year of Production: 2007
Duration: 14’00“
Category: Fiction

Director: Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt
Screenplay: Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt
Cinematographer: Ming Kai Leung
Editor: Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt, Paul Frank
Music: Paul Bercovitch
Producer: Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt, Valentina Canavesio, Nelson Walker
Cast: Stewart Lunanga, Freddy Makondo, Benjamin Maneno, Pascal Bashombana

Synopsis: Set in Congo, „The Vulnerable Ones“ is a coming-of-age story about a schoolboy who tries to proof his manhood to his once-famous, now-handicapped father by helping him smuggle goods over the border Congo and Rwanda. It follows the journey of Stewart, a puny teenager who must push his father in a wheelchair through the streets of a vibrant Congolese town in order to reach the border. Along the way, they encounter many of his father’s admirers and associates, each of whom teaches Stewart a lesson about respect.

Festivals & Awards: International Film Festival Berlin Germany 2008, Tiburon International Film Festival USA 2008, AFI Dallas International Film Festival USA 2008, Vail Film Festival USA 2008, Atlanta Film Festival USA 2008, Jackson Hole Film Festival USA 2008, New York Film Festival USA 2007