Congo in Harlem 8 presents an exciting collection of narrative and documentary films in addition to special panel presentations, 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 for $10 + service fee through the Buy Tickets links associated with each event below.

Series Pass for $50 is available for purchase at the cinema box office or online here 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.


Saturday, 10/15, 9:00AM-11:00PM



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Special Off-site Event: 20th Commemoration of the First Invasion of Congo
Hosted by Friends of the Congo

Location: ThoughtWorks
99 Madison Ave, New York, NY, 10016

It's been 20 years since Rwanda (and subsequently, Uganda) invaded the Democratic Republic of Congo, an act of aggression so severe, it set in motion what would later become known as the deadliest conflict since World War II. As a result of this invasion, 6 million people have died, with half being children under the age of five. Horrific human rights violations have developed, including rape as a weapon of war, and massive destruction of Congolese people's communities and livelihoods. The conflict and subsequent outbreaks of violence are fueled by various actors in Geo-political quests for power and control. The wars and conflicts fought over the lands and the people of Congo are fueled by multi level actors such the local warlords to powerful international social, economic and political networks, and for massive interests spanning military, technology, economic, and social domination. The struggle for true independence, and control over Congolese people's own internal affairs, remains illusive. As the old wise saying goes, "When elephants fight, only the grass suffers."

Our 20th Year Anniversary will be both a celebration of Congolese people's resilience in the face of brutal aggression and violations, and a critical analysis of the past 20 years. We will highlight the ongoing causes for such a prolonged conflict, contribute ideas for solutions, and support ongoing efforts for democracy.

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Thursday, 10/20, 7:30PM


Opening Night reception

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La Belle at the Movies
Dir. Cecilia Zoppelletto
Documentary, DR Congo/Belgium/UK, 2015, 66 min.
French & Lingala, w/ English subtitles

Kinshasa, “Kin la Belle” is a city of 10 million people without a single cinema house. The story of the city, its apartheid era, and Mobutu’s neo-colonialism, unfolds through the fate of its cinemas. At the same time, “La Belle” celebrates the Kinshasa cowboys who found their identity in the Spaghetti Westerns of the 1960's. Through interviews and poetic imagery, “La Belle at the Movies” bears a unique testimony to an African film industry in crisis - orphaned but living in hope for a brighter future.

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preceded by the short film: Ennemi du Temps (Enemy of Time) Dir. Muhindo Abraham Narrative, DR Congo, 2016, 12 min. French w/ English subtitles

Sifa, in the darkness, attracted by the obstacle of reality, finds herself between the future, the present and the past. This disaster pushes her to cross over time, behind which her reality is hidden.

Friday, 10/21, 7:30PM


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Mission Congo
Dir. Lara Zizic & David Turner
Documentary, DR Congo/US, 2013, 65 min.
French, English & Kinyarawanda w/ English subtitles

Televangelist, multi-millionaire, and leader of the religious right, Pat Robertson is a man on a mission. During an escalating refugee crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Robertson ran a media blitz on his television station, the Christian Broadcasting Network, to raise money for his charity, Operation Blessing. Over the airwaves, he gave glowing reports of the charity's relief efforts in Congo, raising donations from viewers eager to assist. Absent from these reports was his simultaneous involvement in a very different mission: diamond mining.

*Followed by Q&A with the filmmakers

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Saturday, 10/22, 12:00PM



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Kolwezi on Air Dir. Idriss Gabel Documentary, DR Congo/Belgium, 2016, 72 min. French & Swahili, w/ English subtitles
Co-presented by Human Rights Watch International Film Festival

Under the continual fire of RTMA’s cameras - the largest local television station in Kolwezi - Congolese society, highly protective of its own image, discloses itself, unvarnished and shameless. We follow local journalists, motivated by the desire to inform at all costs. With courage, they overcome situations sometimes perilous, sometimes amusing, often sad and even stranger than fiction. Their recent and rapid adaptation to broadcasting raises universal questions of independence from sponsors, of ethics facing sensationalism, and of die-hard investigative drive.

preceded by short film: Kibuni Dir. Modogo DR Congo, 2016, 11 min.

Saturday, 10/22, 7:30PM



Q&A w/ filmmaker + reception w/ live music

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Cocaïne Light
Dir. Patrick Badianjile Kubanangidi
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

Sunday, 10/23, 3:00PM



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(In)Visible Cities
Dir. Angelo Gianpaolo Bucci & Beatrice Ngalula Kabutakapua
Documentary, DR Congo/Italy/UK/US, 2014, 55 min.
French & English, w/ English subtitles

This story doesn’t end. It starts with a young woman, a guide named Beatrice who was born in Italy, but whose skin color always raised questions of her African origins. This is the story of her journey, the search for her roots. To do that, she is not going back to the continent where her parents came from, she goes looking for others “like her” -- those of the second generation and migrants. Her journey starts in the Welsh neighborhood of Butetown in Cardiff, where the first Somali sailor arrived in 1880. Today the Somali community is one of the largest of this “Afri-Town” and despite Cardiff's population being skeptical, it’s a welcoming and diverse place. Beatrice, with her travel partner, Gianpaolo, manages to engage with people who don’t know that “the whole world is our home,” impressing on them the idea that we are all migrants to a certain degree. But the journey doesn’t end in Cardiff. Beatrice and Gianpaolo travel overseas and visit the African communities in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and Houston. The people they meet are all different from each other: some had to go through hell to arrive where they are while many enjoy expensive lofts with a view of the Statue of Liberty or a job on national television. Last stop for Beatrice and Gianpaolo is Istanbul, a city so similar to others for its efficiency and yet so blinded by Beatrice’s skin color. But this journey is not ending anytime soon, it still has far to go...

*Followed by Q&A with the filmmakers

Preceded by a special book reading:
Beauty for Congo
by Pauline Etim-Ubah

Author Pauline Etim-Ubahwill discuss her forthcoming book, which profiles 20 new and emerging Congolese artists, highlighting issues of violence against women, media, and public engagement.

Sunday, 10/23, 6:30PM



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A la Courbe du Fleuve (Bend in the River)
Dir. Dieudo Hamadi
Documentary, DR Congo, 2016, 79 min.
French & Swahili, w/ English subtitles

Colonel Honorine worked in Bukavu's police force for years as part of the Child Protection and Anti-Sexual Violence Unit, highly regarded for its effectiveness and the confidence it has able to restore in the community. But when Colonel Honorine is transferred to Kisangani, she must start over from scratch. Shortly after arriving in her new post, dozens of victims of sexual violence from the 6-Day War between Rwandan and Ugandan troops, land in her office. Thus begins a new challenge for the Colonel who is determined to fight for the recognition and support of these forgotten women, these outdated lives.

preceded by short film:
Dir. Hubert Bonke
DR Congo, 2016, 6 min.