Dir. Nelson Makengo
Documentary, 2018, 10 min.
French w/ English subtitles
Welcome to “E'Ville”, short for Elisabethville until the city was renamed Lubumbashi in 1960. Filmmaker Nelson Makengo takes viewers on an introspective journey through the abandoned ruins of a Gécamines mining facility, set to the haunting soundtrack of Patrice Lumumba's final letter to his wife Pauline, written shortly before his assassination in E'Ville.
Che in Congo - A Dream of Liberation
Dir. Ben Crowe
Documentary, 2017, 67 min.
French & Spanish, w/ English subtitles
In 1965 Che Guevara undertook a secret mission to DR Congo to support the liberation movement. Fifty years later, Che in Congo takes viewers on an epic journey to Belgium, Cuba, Tanzania, and eastern Congo in search of those who fought alongside and against this global icon. There is the Belgian mercenary, who looks back on his years fighting in Congo as the “best of his life”, and also the Cuban generals and Congolese soldiers, who share their personal memories of Che. These recollections, paired with archival footage, are strikingly juxtaposed with present day encounters, offering clues for Congo's future amid its storied past.
+ Post-screening Q&A with filmmaker Ben Crowe and other special guests