Julien Mabiala Bissila

Trained as an actor by Jean Jules Koukou and Abdon Khoumba, Julien Mabiala Bissila was forced into exile during the Congo War. He escaped his years of wandering by writing Crabe rouge (Hommage aux disparus de Beach) [Red Crab (A Tribute to the Dead of Beach)], and founded the Nguiri-Nguiri Théâtre in 2002. A writer and director, he has been invited to perform at international festivals since 2009, and won the RFI Théâtre award in 2014 with Chemin de fer [The Iron Trail].

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