Film Info: Débrouillez-Vous

Make Ends Meet (Débrouillez-Vous)

Make Ends Meet
Scene from "Make Ends Meet" (photo © Markus Passera)

Journalist Silvia travels to the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo to shoot a documentary film. Immediately she is confronted with the reality on the spot. Only very few people seem to believe in the forthcoming first democratic elections. UN forces are helping rebel groups to inspire their confidence. And there are still renegade mercenary groups roaming the countryside indoctrinating children for war. Silvia has to realize that the people are acting like figures in an absurd game, whose rules she is unable to understand. Her trip turns into a personal nightmare when her driver runs over a child. As a result, she cannot escape what is happening and uses her journalistic abilities as the only way out, adhering to the old Congo saying: Débrouillez-Vous! This is what dictator Mobutu said to the Congolese meaning: Go and make ends meet for yourself!

The film tells a story of threatening everyday life in Congo and the possibilities of the individual to live and survive when playing his role.


Markus Passera was born in 1973 in Hamburg. After his schooling and a year abroad, he completed an internship in an advertising photography studio, followed by work as a photographer and assistant. In 1998 he enrolled at the Dortmund Academy to study Film, Television and Cinematography and began making his first shorts and music videos. He also works as a freelance video artist and DoP for various theater and film productions, music performances and exhibits. His films include: the shorts Soso (1999), Black Box (2000), Grund und Boden (2000), Citizen Subway (2001), Letzte Reise (2003), XChild (2006), and his graduation film Make Ends Meet (Débrouillez-Vous, 2006).
Genre Drama
Category Docu-Fiction
Year of Production 2006
Director Markus Passera
Screenplay Markus Passera
Cinematography Markus Passera
Nina von Guttenberg, Markus Passera
Hannes Seidl
Mumbere Kwambasa
Cast Silvia Maria Fink, Richard Kasareka, Muhindo Bonne-Année, Kambere Mwangaza
Producers Jens Metzler, Markus Passera
Production Company Markus Passera Filmproduktion/Freiburg, in co-production with Fachhochschule Dortmund
Length 93 min
Original Version
 French/German/Nande
Subtitled Versions English, French, German, Italian
Festivals Mannheim-Heidelberg 2006, Afrikafilmfestival Belgium 2007, Grenzland Filmtage Selb 2007
Awards Best Documentary Selb 2007
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW

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