Highlights of the program include Kafka in Congo and Murder in Kinshasa (October 19th and 20th) featuring post-screening discussions with directors Marlne Rabaud and Arnaud Zajtman; a dynamic duo of sensational music films, Kinshasa Symphony and Benda Bilili! (October 17th and 21st) ; and a special appearance by Djo Munga, acclaimed director of Viva Riva! (October 22nd and 23rd).
Throughout the series, there will be a silent auction of fashion items created by African designers, courtesy of Bel Esprit. Proceeds from the auction will help support the ongoing programming of Congo In Harlem.
Congo in Harlem 3 is a non-profit series. All events have been made possible by the generous support of DISH Africa TV, Caipirinha Foundation, V-Day, Panzi Foundation USA, and contributions from other organizations and individuals.
***Proceeds from Congo in Harlem will go toward a fund for emerging Congolese filmmakers ***
Series Partners and Friends: Friends of the Congo, V-DAY-Harlem, Man-Up, Now AfriCAN, New York African Film Festival, Project Girl Performance Collective, HEAL Africa, Panzi Foundation USA, Cultures of Resistance, Mutaani FM, Yole!Africa, V-Day, Tabilulu Productions, Music Box Films, National Geographic Entertainment
Congo in Harlem 3 Series Schedule
Sunday, October 16 3:00PM
Breaking the Silence: Congo Week Cultures of Resistance, 2010, 3 min.
Blood in the Mobile Dir. Franck Piasecki Poulsen, 2010, 82 min.
Director Franck Piasecki Poulsen embarks on a personal mission to uncover the origin of the minerals in his Nokia cell phone. Navigating the bureaucracy, corruption, and dangers of eastern Congo, he arrives at Bisie, one of the largest and most notorious illegal mines in the region, where armed groups maintain tight control and inhumane conditions, and child labor runs rampant. Determined to know if his cell phone is funding conflict in Congo, Poulsen works his way into Nokias corporate offices, where he confronts executives about their mineral supply chain.
Discussion with Sekombi Katondolo (producer of Blood in the Mobile and founder/director of MutaaniFM), David Aronson (freelance journalist and blogger), Mvemba Phizo Dizolele (writer, foreign policy analyst, and independent journalist), and other special guests.
Monday, October 17 7:30PM
Papa Wemba: Singing for a Democratic Congo Cultures of Resistance, 2010, 4 min.
Kinshasa Symphony Dir. Claus Wischmann and Martin Baer, 2010, 95 min.
In a country better known for conflict and corruption, a group of 200 individuals has managed to forge one of the most complex systems of human cooperation ever undertaken: a symphony orchestra. As the musicians prepare for a public performance of Beethovens Ninth Symphony, they must overcome a litany of challenges, including power cuts, traffic noise, makeshift instruments, and the rigors of survival in one of the worlds most chaotic cities. The result is a document of passion, cooperation, and the power of music.
Tuesday, October 18 7:30PM
Co-Presented by Panzi Foundation USA
PANEL DISCUSSION Re-contextualizing Rape Congo has been dubbed the Rape Capital of the World, but why? This panel will explore the complexities that contribute to gender-based violence in Congo, and examine the role of rape in popular understanding of Congos crisis. Panelists will discuss activist dilemmas in tackling the problem, offer perspectives from the ground, and suggest meaningful ways to make a difference.
Panelists: Marie-Ange Bunga, Founder of Congo Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School Lee Ann De Reus, President of the Board, Panzi Hospital Foundation Shana Mongwana, Founder and director of AFRICALIVES! Productions + Other guests to be announced
Voices Without Borders: Project Girl Congo The Project Girl Performance Collective will perform excerpts from a theatrical piece written and performed by youth (ages 12-21) based on the experience, strength and hope of girls in DR Congo and their own personal stories of survival. This original work was commissioned by Panzi Hospital Foundation USA.
Women Beyond War: A World March in Africa Cultures of Resistance, 2010, 5 min.
Congo: A Common Cause Dir. Shana Mongwana, 2011, 15 min.
Zero Tolerance Dir. Dieudo Hamadi, 2010, 18 min.
Wednesday, October 19 7:30PM
Kafka in Congo Dir. Marlne Rabaud and Arnaud Zajtman, 2010, 59 min.
Fifteen years ago, Gorette Mawuzus land was stolen from her. Too poor to hire an attorney, she had been representing herself in court for the past decade and a half without clear resolution. At the same time, Bahati Lukwebo, an administrator
responsible for the National Congolese Assemblys finances maneuvers to maintain his position within a dysfunctional bureaucracy. From opposite ends of the social spectrum, this elegantly observed film reveals the challenges and corruption built into Congos legal system.
Discussion with filmmakers Marlne Rabaud and Arnaud Zajtman, moderated by attorney/activist Joseph Mbangu
Thursday, October 20 7:30PM
Thembo Kash: Cartooning For Justice DRC/Congo Cultures of Resistance, 2010, 5 min.
Murder in Kinshasa: Who Killed Laurent Dsir Kabila? Dir. Marlne Rabaud and Arnaud Zajtman, 2011, 48 min.
On January 16th, 2001, Laurent Dsir Kabila, the President of DR Congo, was murdered by one of his bodyguards. Moments later, the bodyguard was shot and killed, setting the stage for one of Congos greatest mysteries. With unprecedented access to key actors in the assassination -- including a hidden camera passed to one of the accused in prison -- Murder in Kinshasa poses vital questions about a case that will likely go unsolved in the annals of Congolese history.
Discussion with filmmakers Marlne Rabaud and Arnaud Zajtman
Friday, October 21 7:30PM
Lexxus Legal: Hip Hop for Social Change Cultures of Resistance, 2010, 4 min.
Benda Bilili! Dir. Renaud Barret and Flaurent De La Tullaye, 2010, 85 min.
From the gritty slums of Kinshasa to packed concert halls in Europe, Benda Bilili! charts the improbable transformation of five paraplegics and a virtuoso street-kid into a global music phenomenon. Their band, Staff Benda Bilili (Look Beyond Appearances) is living proof that against all odds, dreams can become reality.
Reception featuring live Congolese music by Isaac Katalay
Saturday, October 22 2:00PM
***Special Riverside Church Screening*** Presented by Friends of the Congo
Location: Room 9T Riverside Church New York City 490 Riverside Drive New York, NY 10027
Crisis in the Congo: Uncovering the Truth Friends of the Congo, 2011, 26min.
A sneak peak at a short version of the forthcoming film Crisis in the Congo: Uncovering The Truth, which will explore the role that the United States, Rwanda, and Uganda have played in Congos ongoing humanitarian crisis. The film unveils analysis and prescriptions from leading experts, practitioners, activists, and intellectuals, locating the Congo crisis in a historical, social, and political context.
Panel discussion and reception with Congolese food This screening is free and open to the public
Saturday, October 22 7:30PM
Viva Riva! Dir. Djo Munga, 2011, 96 min.
Riva is a small time operator who has just returned to Kinshasa with a fortune in hijacked petrol. With wads of cash and out for a good time, Riva is soon entranced by a beautiful nightclub siren, who also happens to be the kept woman of a local gangster. Into the mix comes Rivas Angolan crime-lord ex-boss, who is after his stolen fuel. Director Djo Mungas high-octane thriller is the first major action film shot in Kinshasa in nearly two decades, and landmark film in Congolese cinema.
Discussion with director Djo Munga + Reception with Congolese food
Sunday, October 23 3:00PM
PANEL DISCUSSION Youth Power: From Cairo to Congo
Using the North African revolution as a starting point, this panel will explore the Congolese youth movement, and its potential impact on the upcoming elections as young Congolese strive to have greater say in the future of their country.
Panelists: Jimmie Briggs, Journalist, author, and founder of the Man-Up campaign Nathaniel Houghton, Founder and CEO of Congo Leadership Initiative Priscillia Kounkou-Hoveyda, Co-Founder of NowAfriCAN Kambale Musavuli, Activist and student coordinator for Friends of the Congo
Building Beyond Conflict: Inspiring Congolese Kids For A Brighter Future Cultures of Resistance, 2010, 7 min.
Sunday, October 23 7:00PM
Papy (Mon Histoire) Dir. Djo Munga, 2007, 53 min.
When Papy, a policeman living in Kinshasa, discovers that he has AIDS his life begins to spin out of control. His wife abandons him, leaving him to care for their two children, and he is even rejected by his own sister. In order to get treatment, he must have a family member serve as a confidant, but with nobody to turn to, what will Papy do? Based on a true story, Papy is hard-hitting drama that ultimately inspires a message of hope.
Discussion with director Djo Munga + closing night reception featuring Congolese music by Isaac Katalay
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