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.

Pièces d’Identités

Co-Presented by Friends of the Congo

Dir. Mweze Ngangura, 1998, 93min.

A Congolese king arrives in Brussels in search of his long-lost daughter. What masquerades as a simple fable raises some of the most troubling issues of identity facing people of African descent in the ever-widening Diaspora of the late 20th century

 Discussion with Professor Joseph Mwantuali (Hamilton College) and author Yaa-Lengi Ngemi