Born in 1990, Nelson Makengo lives and works in Kinshasa. He is a Congolese filmmaker, visual artist and producer whose work oscillates between contemporary art and cinema. Makengo a participé à la Berlin Talents (2020), à la résidence du WIELS (2018), et a été membre du jury du Festival international du film documentaire IDFA (2020), Amsterdam, du Festival international du film Vision du Réel (2022), Nyon, et de IDA Documentary Awards (2022), Los Angeles. He has collaborated with Aljazeera and Meta (Facebook).
His short film (2018) E'ville has screened at over 30 festivals worldwide, and won several awards, including the Sharjah Art Foundation Residency Prize at the 2019 Videobrasil Biennale.
"Nuit Debout/Up at Night", his sixth short film has won several awards, including (2021) Poulain de Bronze Fespaco (Festival panafricain du cinéma et de la télévision de Ouagadougou), (2019) Best Short Documentary IDFA Amsterdam, (2020) Prix Dérives FIFF, Namur, (2020) Best Documentary Fidadoc Award, (2021) Best Documentary Miradasdoc, Spain, and named as one of the 350 best films of 2020 by the British Film Institute. Night Debout has been project in more than four-vingt festivals international prestigious and in institutions of contemporary art, including (2022) to the University of New York, (2021) to Sundance, (2019) to Wiels, (2019) to Biennale Lubumbashi and recemment(2022) to Biennale of Yango to Kinshasa. Nelson Makengo is a Sundance Documentary Film Institute Fellow.