Congo, Democratic Republic of the / France / Belgium 2020, 90 min, Swahili and Lingala, Hebrew & English subtitles

Twenty years ago, Congo became the site of a short but bloody conflict between Rwandan and Ugandan troops—The Six-Day War. The shooting and artillery fire killed and injured thousands of local civilians. Now, tired of waiting for promised compensation and outraged at the establishment’s indifference, a group of that war’s victims sets out to Kinshasa, Congo’s capital, to protest. They travel by boat, sailing down the Congo River, and just like travelers in ancient myths, they tell their stories. You won’t find self-pity here, but you will find anger—and a lot of solidarity. Once in a while, some self-deprecating humor shines through and, rarer, joy at the sheer fact of being alive. They speak their collective trauma clearly in a powerful musical stage production, parts of which are included here.

Previous Festivals: Festival de Cannes, DOK Leipzig

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Screening Schedule:
  • Thu 01.07 | 18:30 | Venue Cinematheque 2
  • Fri 09.07 | 14:45 | Venue Cinematheque 2
  • Watch online | The film will be available From July 1st until July 31st

Dieudo Hamadi was born in Kisangani (Democratic Republic of the Congo) in 1984 and studied Medicine in 2005-2008. He then attended several documentary workshops. Dieudo Hamadi is the author of two short documentaries Ladies in Waiting and Zero Tolerance that caught the attention of several festivals in Europe (Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam) and Canada (Toronto). Ladies in Waiting received the "Pierre and Yolande Perrault" scholarship at Cinema du Réel (Paris) in 2009. He then directed 4 feature length documentary films that gave him a worldwide recognition: in 2013 Atalaku, in 2014 National Diploma, in 2017 Mama Colonel and in 2018 Kinshasa Makambo. In 2015, Dieudo created Kiripifilms, his own production company. In 2019 Dieudo Hamadi has been attributed the McMillan-Stewart Fellowship in Distinguished Filmmaking by the Film Study Center of Harvard University.

Production: Quentin Laurent, Dieudo Hamadi, Frédéric Féraud
Production Company: Kiripi Films, Les Films de l'oeil sauvage, Neon Rouge Productions
Editing: Hélène Ballis, Catherine Catella
Sound Design: Dieudo Hamadi, Sylvain Aketi
Music: Les zombies de Kisangani

Source: Andana Films

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