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The 11th edition of Congo in Harlem showcases a diverse collection of narrative, documentary, and experimental films in addition to filmmaker Q&A's, musical performances and special panel presentations. All films and events take place at Maysles Cinema, unless otherwise noted.

Tickets are available through the links below, or at the Maysles Cinema box office for a $12 suggested donation. Series passes ($50) are available online and at the Maysles Cinema box office. Pass holders must arrive at cinema 20 minutes prior to screenings to secure a seat in the main screening room.


Saturday, 10/12, 6:00PM

**OPENING NIGHT FREE EVENT**
CONGO KITOKO

A Celebration of Congolese Culture

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FREE OFF-SITE EVENT!
Location: The People's Forum, 320 West 37th Street
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OPENING NIGHT EVENT
CONGO KITOKO
A Celebration of Congolese Art and Culture
Presented by Tabilulu Productions & The People's Forum

Location:
The People's Forum
320 West 37th Street (between 8th/9th Ave)
www.peoplesforum.org

Join us for a vibrant, interactive showcase of Congolese artists who will share their poetry, dance, music, and films. There will be food, drinks, and a special live performance by Congolese singer, songwriter, and recording artist DPretty.

Featuring:
DPretty (Music)
Les Gazelles Africanes II (Music)
Nkumu Katalay (Music/Dance)
Irene N'kanza (Poetry)
Danielle Diakanua (Presentation)
Shana Mongwanga (Paintings)
Moyindo Mpongo (Actor)
Ronny Musikitele (Filmmaker)
Gosette Lubondo (photography)
Rehema Nkisi Matondo (dance)

Films:
AWA, Dir. Déborah Basa, 2019, 30 min
ATA NDELE, Dir. Malkia Mutiri, 20 min
EDEN, Dir. Patrick Ken Kalala, 13 min
QUEL AVENIR?, Dir. Ronny Musikitele, 5 min (Sneak Preview)

Event made possible with support from Congo Love

Wednesday, 10/16, 5:00PM

ROCKETKITKONGOKIT
Dir. Craig Baldwin
MWANA PWO
Dir. Mugabo Baritegera

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ROCKETKITCONGOKIT
Dir. Craig Baldwin
Experimental, 1986, 30 Min.

Craig Baldwin's kaleidoscopic, amphetamine-jacked tour de force uses a barrage of newsreels, corporate advertising, instructional films, and Tarzan flicks to trace the history of Mobutu-era Zaire into a speculative future that has resonance with our present. It is a biting critique of neo-colonialism, that indicts everything in its path – from the CIA to German munitions manufacturers and American popular culture.

followed by:

MWANA PWO (The History of Kongo Ghetto Version)
Dir. Mugabo Baritegera
Documentary, 2019, 56min
French & Swahili, w/ English subtitles

Building on his signature, single-shot documentary style, Goma-based artist/activist/filmmaker Mugabo Baritegera presents a raw and personal portrait of Congo as he knows it. As Baritegera's camera sprawls its way through Goma's city streets and local hangouts, he injects the image with ad-lib narration and arrests the flow of reality with loosely choreographed set-pieces, asserting his vision of eastern Congo's psycho-social landscape.

Thursday, 10/17, 7:30PM

BANA CONGO OYEZ!
Dir. Natacha Ikoli & Patrick Flynn



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BANA CONGO OYEZ!
Dir. Natacha Ikoli & Patrick Flynn
Documentary, 2019, 84 Min.
French & Lingala, w/ English subtitles

Jean-Lucien Bussa is an opposition member of Congo's National Assembly. In this unflinching, immersive portrait of his re-election campaign, viewers are granted rare access to the complicated relationship between an elected official and his constituency. Bussa routinely confronts the conflicting incentives of service to others and his own needs, forcing viewers to question where patronage ends and corruption begins.

Q&A with filmmakers Natacha Ikoli and Patrick Flynn to follow screening


Bios:
Natacha Ikoli is a Brooklyn based multidisciplinary artist. Born in Kinshasa, Natacha and her family immigrated to France when she was 5 years old. She studied Cinema and Performing Arts in Paris before continuing her education in London where she earned a BA in Media and Film Production. Before starting her career as a DI colorist she worked for the UN Children’s Fund as a video producer and editor for nearly a decade. During that time she travelled extensively in the DRC covering stories on women and children and the agency's relief efforts. Natacha’s work focuses on uncovering stories on social dynamics and the impact that one’s culture has on one’s identity.

Born in Rochester, N.Y., Patrick Flynn holds a BA in Religious Studies from Hamilton College. He has been editing for film and television professionally since 1999 creating documentaries for Viceland, Disney, The Great Big Story, PBS, VH1, ABC, BBC, CNN, FOX, ESPN, The New York Times and various jumbotrons around the world. Films have screened at Outfest, the Berlin Film Festival and the Disorient Asian American Film Festival. Bana Congo Oyez! is his directorial debut.


Friday, 10/18, 7:30PM

FAIRE-PART
Dir. Anne Reijniers, Nizar Saleh, Paul Shemisi & Rob Jacobs

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FAIRE-PART
Dir. Anne Reijniers, Nizar Saleh, Paul Shemisi & Rob Jacobs
Documentary, 2019, 58 Min.
French & Lingala w/ English subtitles

An ensemble of Congolese and Belgian filmmakers joins forces to find common ground. Their project: to tell a story of Kinshasa during Congo's delayed elections. The task is difficult – it is a fraught time in a city that already has a love/hate relationship with cameras – but the filmmakers take the challenge head on, and generate a snapshot of street-level resistance that reflects back on their effort to achieve a collective voice.

Q&A with filmmakers Anne Reijniers and Paul Shemisi to follow screening, moderated by Boukary Sawadogo

Bios:
Anne Reijniers is filmmaker and curator. She obtained two masters degrees in the audiovisual arts, one with the short fiction film "Looking at Marie" and one with the short documentary "Échangeur." She uses the medium of film to create new stories in collaboration.

Paul Shemisi started by working in Congo as a Camera Assistant for foreign film crews. After having gained this experience, he studied cinema at Les Ateliers Action, a film program organized by INSAS in Kinshasa. He has since worked on various films as co-director, writer, producer and cameraman including Renaud Barret’s "Système K."

Boukary Sawadogo is Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies and of Black Studies at the City College of New York. He is Vice-Chair of the Film, Visual, and Media Caucus of the African Literature Association and a 2016-2018 CUNY Mellon Faculty Fellow.

Saturday, 10/19, 1:00-3:00PM

*SPECIAL PANEL DISCUSSION*
THE KIVU EBOLA OUTBREAK
A Conversation With the Diaspora

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FREE EVENT!
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SPECIAL PANEL DISCUSSION
THE KIVU EBOLA OUTBREAK
A Conversation with the Diaspora

FREE EVENT!

In 2018, the Kivu region of eastern DR Congo became the site of an ongoing ebola outbreak. It is the second deadliest ebola outbreak in human history, after the 2013-2016 epidemic in West Africa – and on August 1st, 2019, it was officially declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by WHO. While many people in the west have remained detached from the crisis, it has been a central concern among the Congolese Diaspora in the US and Europe. This panel will provide a detailed survey of the ongoing response to the epidemic, and also explore the ways in which the Congolese Diaspora has contributed to efforts on the ground.

Panelists: Bibi Ndala, MPH (Communication Officer for the Ebola Coalition)
Lys Alcayna-Stevens (Harvard University)
Mary J. Choi, MD (Center for Disease Control and Prevention)
Fatima Kahn, External Relations Officer for the World Health Organization (WHO) office at the United Nations
Dr. Judy Kuriansky, psychologist, professor, journalist, author, and media commentator

Moderated by Gordon Tapper, President of the United African Congress, Founder/Chairman of Give Them a Hand Foundation, and former UN Chief of Section

Saturday, 10/19, 4:00PM

CONGO LUCHA
Dir. Marlène Rabaud

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CONGO LUCHA
Dir. Marlène Rabaud
Documentary, 2019, 60 Min.
French & Swahili, w/ English subtitles

In June 2011, a non-violent, youth-led coalition known as LUCHA (“Lutte Pour Le Changement” or “Fight for Change”) was born in eastern Congo. It quickly spread throughout the country, asking for an end to the Kabila regime, and advocating for a more prosperous and developed Congo. Working with a team of local cinematographers, Belgian filmmaker/journalist Marlène Rabaud follows the trajectory of one of LUCHA's promising leaders, Luc Nkulula, as he organizes during Congo's elections, before his tragic death in a suspicious house fire.

Followed by a panel discussion w/ special guests TBA


Saturday, 10/19, 7:30PM

SPECIAL SNEAK PREVIEW:
MATATA
Dir. Petna Ndaliko 

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MATATA
Dir. Petna Ndaliko
Experimental/Narrative, 2019, 37 min.


From its opening frames, MATATA defies the recorded image to shape its own reality. The film follows a female protagonist who sits for a posed photography session. The session takes an unexpected turn, spiraling into a series of dance-inspired dreamscapes, blurring projections of the mind with historical fragments and the external, waking world. As a filmmaker, Ndaliko is concerned with movement, but it is more than just that of the film's subjects, it is away from prescribed representations of Congo and into a new future.

Q&A with Petna Ndaliko and Chérie Rivers Ndaliko following the film, moderated by Lubangi Muniania plus reception with Congolese food and live music by Nkumu Katalay & the “Life Long Project” band


Bios:
Petna Ndaliko is an internationally acclaimed filmmaker and activist whose cinematic style combines rhythm, image, and digital innovation to challenge traditional narrative structures and provoke reflection on post-colonial African realities. He is the founder of Yole!Africa (www.yoleafrica.org), and the Congo International Film Festival (CIFF).

Chérie Rivers Ndaliko is an interdisciplinary scholar, activist, and the Executive Director of Yole!Africa. She is author of the book Necessary Noise: Music, Film, and Charitable Imperialism in the East of Congo (Oxford), and co-editor of The Art of Emergency: Aesthetics and Aid in African Crises (Oxford), and is currently Associate Professor of Music and Communication at UNC Chapel Hill.

Lubangi Muniania is an art educator, specialized in the visual and performing arts of Africa. He is founder and president of Tabilulu Productions, and has served as a consultant on art and culture for numerous museums and institutions, including the Museum for African Art in New York, Georgia Tech's Robert C. Williams Paper Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Saint Louis Museum of the Arts, and Congo in Harlem.

Sunday, 10/20, 1:00PM

DIORAMA
Dir. Matthias De Groof
THIS MAGNIFICENT CAKE!
Dir. Emma De Swaef & James Roels

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DIORAMA
Dir. Matthias De Groof
Experimental/Documentary, 2018, 35 min.

In 1910, the Royal Museum for Central Africa – a showcase for King Léopold II's collection of artifacts and natural specimens pillaged from Congo Free State – was given permanent home in a lavish, newly-built neoclassical palace. Now, more than a century later, the museum is getting a renovation. As its iconic wildlife dioramas are being destroyed and removed, filmmaker Matthias De Groof takes up his camera, offering a mesmerizing portrait that bears witness to the shattering of colonial imagery, and leaves one to ponder what will take its place?

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THIS MAGNIFICENT CAKE!
Dir. Emma De Swaef & James Roels
Narrative/Animation, 2019, 44 min.
Dutch, French, Aka & Malinke, w/ English subtitles

In the late 19th century, desperate to compete with other European powers, King Léopold II declared, “I do not want to miss getting us a slice of this magnificent African cake!” Taking Léopold II's claim as its starting point, De Swaef and Roels' violent and disturbing work of stop-motion animation unfurls as a series of vignettes of early Belgian transplants to Congo. From the dark and brutal stories of these characters emerges the bitter milieu of Belgium-occupied Congo, and a surreal unraveling into the intoxicated, nightmarish crevices of the colonial mind-set.

Sunday, 10/20, 4:00PM

THE MERCY OF THE JUNGLE
Dir. Joel Karekezi


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THE MERCY OF THE JUNGLE
Dir. Joel Karekezi
Narrative, 2019, 91 min.
French & Swahili w/ English subtitles

At the outbreak of the Second Congo War (1998-2003), two Rwandan soldiers are accidentally left behind in the jungle as their army advances westward across Congo. One is a seasoned sergeant and the other a young private. With only each other to count on, they embark on an odyssey through hostile territory and face the depths of their own souls.


Sunday, 10/20, 6:30PM

COLD CASE HAMMARSKJÖLD
Dir. Mads Brügger

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COLD CASE HAMMARSKJÖLD
Dir. Mads Brügger
Documentary, 2019, 128 Min.
English, French, Bemba, Swedish & Danish, w/ English subtitles

In 1961, a plane carrying UN Secretary-General Dag Hammarkjöld mysteriously crashed, killing Hammarskjöld and most of the crew. With the case still unsolved over 50 years later, Danish journalist, filmmaker and provocateur Mads Bügger leads viewers down an investigative rabbit-hole to unearth the truth. After scores of false starts, dead ends, and elusive interviews, Brügger begins to sniff out something more monumental than anything he initially imagined, uncovering a critical secret that could send shockwaves around the world.