Cocaïne Light
Dir. Patrick Badianjile Kuba
Narrative, DR Congo, 2015, 1 hour 47 min.
French & Lingala w/ English subtitles

Kousi and Kousa dream of luxury. But in the bustling city of Kinshasa, where even college graduates are unemployed, it is a difficult place in the sun. The brothers' mistakes multiply, and they fall into serious debt to Zadis, an old school bandit who threatens to kill them if he does not get his money back. This is where "Uncle" Moussa, played by the late, legendary rumba singer Papa Wemba, tells them about a curious legacy: 30 kg of "cocaine light," which, contrary to what its name suggests, is of superior quality. Kousi and Kousa hope to use it to make a fresh start, but Rose, an alluring prostitute, creates an unexpected obstacle.

Followed by Q&A with fimmaker Patrick Badianjile Kubanangidi + reception with live music by Nkumu Katalay and The "Life Long Project" Band


Saturday, October 22nd
Cocaïne Light
+ Q&A w/ filmmaker

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Patrick Badianjile Kuba was born in Kinshasa and is a graduate of the National Institute of Arts (INA). Passionate about cinema, he has worked several times with preeminent Congolese filmmaker Dieudonné Ngangura Mweze. As a student at FEMIS in Paris he made a short documentary on immigration, "Ntaba," and in 2011, he directed a short narrative film, "86,400," which was an official selection at FESPACO in 2013. In 2013, he was also elected Regional Secretary Central Africa within the Pan African Federation of Filmmakers (FEPACI). Currently, he is the head of KUBAFilms and works in American-Congolese co-productions.


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