Sunday, October 19th


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Soeur Oyo (Sister Oyo)

Dir. Monique Mbeka Phoba
DR Congo/Belgium
2014, 20 min.

Set in the Belgian Congo in the 1950s, Sister Oyo tells the story of Godelive, a Congolese schoolgirl at the Catholic boarding school Mbanza-Mboma, the premiere French language school for Congolese girls. She is to be westernized, following the will of her parents, but the memory of her grandmother intervenes...

Followed by post-screening discussion with filmmaker Monique Mbeka Phoba + Opening Night Celebration with Congolese food and live music by Isaac Katalay and the Life Long Project



Monique Mbeka Phoba

Monique Mbeka Phoba has been directing and producing documentary films for over 20 years. During this period, she also founded and created a festival of film, television and documentary in Benin (West Africa), called LAGUNIMAGE. After earning a master's degree in scriptwriting, she has shifted to fiction filmmaking and has launched several script projects. Sister Oyo, inspired by family stories, is her first short film and has been produced through her production company RUMBACOM scri. It will be playing the Opening Night of Congo in Harlem 6. Currently Monique is working on her first feature length film.