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CIH 11: RocketKitKongoKit & Mwana Pwo (The History of Kongo Ghetto Version)

  • Maylses Documentary Center 343 Lenox Ave New York (map)
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Craig Baldwin, 1986, 30min
Craig Baldwin's kaleidoscopic, amphetamine-jacked tour de force uses a barrage of newsreels, corporate advertising, instructional films, and Tarzan flicks to trace the history of Mobutu-era Zaire into a speculative future that has resonance with our present. It is a biting critique of neo-colonialism, that indicts everything in its path – from the CIA to German munitions manufacturers and American popular culture.


Mwana Pwo
Mugabo Baritegera, 2019, 56min

Building on his signature, single-shot documentary style, Goma-based artist/activist/filmmaker Mugabo Baritegera presents a raw and personal portrait of Congo as he knows it. As Baritegera's camera sprawls its way through Goma's city streets and local hangouts, he injects the image with ad-lib narration and arrests the flow of reality with loosely choreographed set-pieces, asserting  his vision of the psycho-social landscape of eastern Congo.

Congo in Harlem is made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.