Natacha Ikoli and Patrick Flynn, 2019, 84min
Jean-Lucien Bussa is an opposition member of Congo's National Assembly. In this unflinching, immersive portrait of his re-election campaign, viewers are granted rare access to the complicated relationship between an elected official and his constituency. Bussa routinely confronts the conflicting incentives of service to others and his own needs, forcing viewers to question where patronage ends and corruption begins.
Q&A with filmmakers Natacha Ikoli and Patrick Flynn to follow screening
Congo in Harlem is made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.