A Duty to Protect

Co-presented by Witness

Dir. Witness, 2005, 14min.

 The widespread recruitment and use of child solders in the Democratic Republic of Congo is unparalleled throughout Africa -- tens of thousands of children have been recruited as combatants in the current conflict. A Duty to Protect advocates for an end to the impunity in Congo and accountability for the crimes committed against children.



 Dir. Eric Daniel Metzgar, 2009, 90min.

Reporter Nicholas Kristof travels to the Democratic Republic of Congo to investigate the growing humanitarian crisis.

Panel discussion featuring filmmaker Eric Daniel Metzgar, Mohamed Keita (Committee to Protect Journalists), journalist Makeda Crane and Bukeni Waruzi (Witness) to follow screening + closing night reception featuring a musical performance by Deja Belle.


La Vie Est Belle (Life is Rosy)

Co-presented by the Georges Malaika Foundation

Dir. Mweze Ngangura and Benoit Lamy, 1987, 80min.

 Legendary Congolese musician Papa Wemba plays a poor country boy with music in his heart and big dreams. He travels to the city, where he falls in love with second wife of a prominent club owner. Can he win her hand and fulfill his dreams of being as singer?

 Panel discussion to follow screening.

Dan Rather Reports: All Mine

Produced by Andrew Glazer, HD.Net, 2009, 32 min.

When and American company bought a massive copper mine from the government of DR Congo, it also took control of part of the impoverished country's economic future. Critics say the contract for the billion-dollar mine left the war torn African nation with little in return, and the US government played a part in what many are describing as a modern day land grab. Featuring Professor Peter Rosenblum (Columbia Univ. Law School).

 Discussion with Professor Peter Rosenblum and Jason Stearns (former UN investigator) to follow screening


Co-Presented by Human Rights Watch Film Festival, Museum for African Art, Zeitgeist Films

Dir. Raoul Peck, 2000, 100min.

The true story of the rise to power and brutal assassination of the formerly vilified and later redeemed leader of independent Congo, Patrice Lumumba.

 Discussion with author Yaa-Lengi Ngemi, activist Kambale Musavuli, and art critic/educator Lubangi Muniania to follow screening + opening night reception featuring poetry by Omekongo Dibinga.