SCHEDULE

Congo in Harlem 9 presents an exciting collection of narrative and documentary films in addition to a special book discussion, art and music. Tickets are available at the Maysles Cinema box office for a $10 suggested donation. The box office is open 1 hour prior to event start time. Advance tickets are also available online through the links below.

Series Pass for $50 is available for purchase at the cinema box office and grants access to all screenings and events throughout Congo in Harlem, subject to standard ticket rules and restrictions. Pass holder must arrive at the cinema at least 20 minutes to secure a seat in the main screening room. For sold out shows, overflow seating will be available in a simulcast area.

 

Thursday, 10/19, 7:30PM

SOKONI & CONGO OYÉ

Opening Night
+ Q&A w/ special guests

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SOKONI
Dir. Benoit Mugabo
Documentary, DR Congo, 2017, 13 min.

A winding, colorful walk in the rain through Virunga Market in Goma.

followed by:
CONGO OYÉ
Dir. Bill Stephens
Republic of Congo (Brazzaville)/US, 1971, 45 Min.

A rare and absolutely unknown work, made by Bill Stephens in collaboration with French filmmaker Chris Marker and Eldridge and Kathleen Cleaver. Congo Oyé was never completed and long believed lost until it was recently unearthed on video cassette from the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. The film follows an exploratory visit to Africa’s first People’s Republic declared by President Marien Ngouabi.

Courtesy of the Reserve Film and Video Collection of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

*Post-Screening Discussion with Professor Robyn C. Spencer (City University of New York), Glen Ford (Black Agenda Report), and Kambale Musavuli (Friends of the Congo)

Friday, 10/20, 7:30PM

GOMA LUMIERE & LOBI KUNA

+ Q&A w/ filmmaker
Moderated by Lubangi Muniania, Tabilulu Productions

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GOMA LUMIERE
Dir. Benoit Mugabo
DR Congo, 2017, 12 Min.

Two performance artists, male and female, roam the nighttime streets of Goma with electrified private parts, provoking the public in a spectacle of bewilderment, fascination, and curiosity.

followed by:
LOBI KUNA
Dir. Matthias De Groof
Belgium/DR Congo, 2017, 46 Min.
French, Flemish & Lingala, w/ English subtitles

Lingala for "the day after tomorrow and the day before yesterday," LOBI KUNA follows Congolese artist/photographer Mekhar Kivoso, as he explores the recently renovated Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren, Belgium. The objects he encounters are at once captivating and alienating, and through his lens, embody a macabre mausoleum of his cultural heritage. But rather than dwelling on the past, Mekhar uses the past to project himself into the future — all while the Royal Museum undergoes a metamorphosis of its own. In Mekhar’s relationship to the museum, LOBI KUNA reveals itself as a poignant metaphor for the confines of Europe, the difficulties of decolonization, and the identity struggles of the African Diaspora.

*Post-Screening Discussion with Matthias De Groof, moderated by Lubangi Muniania (Tabilulu Productions)

Saturday, 10/21, 3:00PM

CONGO'S VIOLENT PEACE

SPECIAL BOOK DISCUSSION
w/ Author Kris Berwouts

Moderated by Milton Allimadi, Editor in Chief, The Black Star News

FREE EVENT!

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CONGO’S VIOLENT PEACE: CONFLICT AND STRUGGLE SINCE THE GREAT AFRICAN WAR
By Kris Berwouts
120 Min.

Kris Berwouts hosts a discussion about his new book "Congo's Violent Peace: Conflict and Struggle Since the Great African War." The conversation will address developments since the 1996 and 1998 wars in the Democratic Republic of Congo, including the ongoing conflicts, current political impasse, and prospects for upcoming elections. Essential reading and essential discussion for anyone interested in DR Congo.

Kris Berwouts is an expert and independent analyst on the DRC and Great Lakes region of Africa. He is the former director of EurAc, the European NGO network for advocacy on Central Africa. Kris is widely sought for his analysis of the region by international media outlets and he writes regularly for African Arguments.

Moderated by Milton Allimadi, Editor in Chief, The Black Star News

Saturday, 10/21, 7:30PM

N.G.O. (NOTHING GOING ON)

 

+ Q&A w/ filmmaker
Moderated by Keefe Murren, Executive Director, FilmAid

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N.G.O. (NOTHING GOING ON)
Dir. Arnold Aganze
Uganda/DR Congo, 2017, 83 Min.

Two friends, Tevo and Zizuke, dream of living carefree lives, making easy money and pairing off with mzungu (white) women. At their local hangout, they meet a mzungu woman who suggests they start an NGO. They seize the opportunity, seeing it as the key to their own personal gain. As the two young men fumble to launch their organization, they enlist the help of a beer-swilling elder named “Mr. Heineken”, who instructs them on the lingo of “empowerment” and “capacity-building”. The scam is a huge success — or so it seems — until an international donor sends a filmmaker to document the NGO’s nonexistent achievements and the situation takes an unexpected turn… This light-hearted comedy packs a deep and incisive critique of foreign aid and intervention in Africa.

Post-Screening Discussion with Arnold Aganze, moderated by Keefe Murren, Executive Director, FilmAid. Reception to follow with Congolese food and live music by Nkumu Katalay and the “Life Long Project” Band

Sunday, 10/22, 3:00PM

VOYAGE AU CONGO

 

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VOYAGE AU CONGO
Dir. André Gide and Marc Allégret
France/French Equatorial Africa/Belgian Congo, 1927, 101 Min.
Silent

In 1926, French author André Gide — who later won the 1947 Nobel Prize in Literature — set sail for French Equatorial Africa and Belgian Congo with his 25 year-old lover and former student, Marc Allégret. Their journey, inspired by Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, covered thousands of miles miles through present day DR Congo, Central African Republic, Chad, and Cameroon. VOYAGE AU CONGO is a document of the duo’s trip, over railway, river and foot, to visit colonial agents and indigenous communities, and is one of the earliest feature-length ethnographic documentaries to be made on the entire continent.

Sunday, 10/22, 7:30PM

SHORT FILMS SHOWCASE

 

+ Q&A w/ filmmakers
Moderated by Hellura Lyle, DocWatchers

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UNE LETTRE À PAXY
Dir. Tshoper Kabambi
Senegal/DR Congo, 2017, 16 Min.
French w/ English subtitles

While attending a gathering of African producers in Senegal, filmmaker Tshoper Kabambi reflects on the history and realities of DR Congo in a video letter addressed to his infant daughter.


CHRONIQUE CONGOLAISE
Dir. Wendy Bashi
DR Congo, 2017, 25 Min.
French & Lingala, w/ English subtitles

In the run-up to DR Congo’s failed 2016 elections, a team of passionate young Congolese journalists fights to inform the public amid power cuts, internet shutdowns, social media disruptions, and general unrest.

KINSHASA COLLECTION: EPISODE #2 - THE VENTURE
Dir. Dorothee Werner
Germany/DR Congo/China, 2017, 27 Min.
German, French & Lingala, w/ English subtitles

A three-person film team is on the verge of winning a large contract from an important PR firm. Their pitch: a portrait of Kinshasa as the emerging fashion capital of Africa. Now they must travel to Congo to prove their idea — but it’s not going to be as easy as they thought…

This is the second episode of an edgy 6-part web series, available at https://kinshasa-collection.com.

KWA NINI ART?
Dir. Nadia Fazal
DR Congo/Canada, 2017, 22 Min.
French w/ English subtitles

Congolese artists, cultural operators, aid workers, and politicians share their perspectives on the role of art and artists in eastern DR Congo, foregrounding the power and responsibility that local artists hold to create social change.

Post-Screening Discussion with filmmakers Nadia Fazal (Kwa Nini Art?) and Allason Leitz (Kinshasa Collection), Moderated by Hellura Lyle (DocWatchers)