Spectrum is a choral film that tells the stories of Swiss and African characters, as a result of an immersion in a community that regularly visits a popular neighbourhood in Geneva. They come from different backgrounds and are marked by sometimes traumatic life experiences. Their discussions are frequent and focus on the here and elsewhere, the present and the past, their identity aspirations and their future. Among the characters, Keza Lynn, a young host of a free radio station, explores the neighbourhood through portraits of people from the neighbourhood. Colonel, on the other hand, is a nostalgic man who recounts his struggles in the decolonization movements in Africa. McMuna is an activist for the DCC, a collective that denounces the regime’s deviances in Cameroon. Tony works at a bar counter with singing career ambitions. Encounters and separations, hopes and disappointments, loves, friendships, solitudes also in a round staged with élan.

Bio | Filmography


Philbert Aimé Mbabazi, Director

Philbert Aimé Mbabazi Sharangabo starts making films in Rwanda in 2010. His first short film Rhuago won the Signis Award for Best Emerging Filmmaker in East Africa at the Zanzibar International Film Festival in 2012. He directed 3 other short films, screened at international festivals, before joining the cinema/Cinéma du Réel department of the Haute École d’Art et de Design de Genève, where he graduated in 2017. His school films include Keza Lyn, The Liberators (in competition at Vision du Réel Nyon 2016 and Kurzfilmtage Winterthur where he received a special mention in the Swiss film school category) and Versus (in competition at the Oberhausen, Tampere and Uppsala International Festivals).
His latest short film I Got My Things and Left was screened at the Kurzfilmtage Winterthur (Special Mention), at the Rotterdam International Film Festival and won the Grand Prize at the 2019 Oberhausen International Festival. He is currently writing his first feature film, Spectrum.

Filmography (selection)

I Got My Things and Left, fiction, 2018
Keza Lyn, fiction, 2017
The Liberators, fiction, 2016
Versus, documentaire, 2016



Putin's Witnesses

• Nomination to the European Film Awards


• Watch in replay on ARTE

Silent Storm awarded in Locarno

• Pardino d'Argento | Pardi di Domani

The Jarariju Sisters awarded at the Berlinale

• Special Mention of the International Jury

Dressed for Pleasure

• Special Mention of the Jury at interFilm Berlin

Putin's Witnesses

• Official Selection at TIFF 2018
• Grand Prix for Best Documentary at Karlovy Vary IFF

Dressed for Pleasure awarded at the Berlinale

• Special Mention of the Youth Jury