Rêve Kakudji

a film by Ibbe Daniëls & Koen Vidal
The dream of the Congolese singer to be become. famous opera star

The moment Serge Kakudji saw an opera singer for the very first time as a young boy on Congolese television, he immediately fell in love with opera music. He decided to become a celebrated countertenor.
Despite the many doubts of his family, he travels to Europe, determined to make it to the top of the classical opera world.

ls een ebbenhouten Kuifje slalomt Kakudji langs lofts en repetitielokalen in Parijs, kippen en kokosnoten in Congo, zacht gejoel in de Teatro Real in Madrid en luid applaus in de wijken van Lubumbashi - De Morgen

Een bijzondere en intrigerende film. Dit is niet één van de vele ‘success stories’ in de operawereld. Dit is het unieke verhaal van een jongen met een onmogelijke droom, die toch werkelijkheid werd - Operamagazine.nl

Les images superbes de Thomas Fadeux nous emportent elles aussi au coeur d’un rêve - cinergie.be

About the director

Ibbe Daniels
Documentary is her great passion. She may plenty of documentary films for the Flemish broadcasting company Canvas, like Belpop, a series about the relation between famous people and their mother, and many others. 
Futur Simple, a short film about the dreams and wishes of the Congolese children, was her first collaboration with Koen Vidal. Ibbe also directed many commercials and  music videos.

Koen Vidal
After studying Law, a Master in communications and postgraduate practical journalism, Koen Vidal became an editor/journalist in political issues and later head for editor for foreign news for leading Belgian newspapers DeMorgen and De Standaard. He travelled many times into the heart of all major conflict areas in central-africa and beyond. He's a professor/lecturer at Ghent University and the European Erasmus School for Journalism. He wrote several successful books on central-african political conflicts and refugee policy between Africa and Europe. For his work on this matter he received different important awards.


directed by
Ibbe Daniëls

script & interviews
Koen Vidal

Thomas Fadeux

edited by
Raf Serneels

sound mix
Nils Fauth

sound engineer
Pascal Braeckman

Awards & festivals

international premiere IDFA music documentary competition
Amsterdam, Netherlands 2013

Official Selection Docville
Leuven, Belgium,2013

Official Selection Festival du Film Francophone
Namur, Belgium, 2013

Official Selection New York African Film Festival
New York, USA, 2014

Official Selection Salaam Kivu International Film Festival
Kivu, Congo, 2014

Official Selection Vera Film Festival
Finland, 2014

Production Details

an Off World production

n coproduction with
Casa Kafka Pictures

with the support from
Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF|FILM)
DGD - the Belgian Development Cooperation
le centre du Cinéma de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles et de VOO

the tax shelter from the Belgian Federal Government