Presented by True Walker Productions and Friends of the Congo
Voyage Au Congo
Andre Gidé and Marc Allégret, 1927, 101 min
In 1926, French author André Gide — who later won the 1947 Nobel Prize in Literature — set sail for French Equatorial Africa and Belgian Congo with his 25 year-old lover and former student, Marc Allégret. Their journey, inspired by Joseph Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness”, covered thousands of miles miles through present day DR Congo, Central African Republic, Chad, and Cameroon. Voyage Au Congo is a document of the duo’s trip, over railway, river and foot, to visit colonial agents and indigenous communities, and is one of the earliest feature-length ethnographic documentaries to be made on the entire continent.
Congo in Harlem is a showcase of films, exhibits, panel discussions and special events focused on the history, politics, and culture of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Congo in Harlem is made possible by generous contributions from The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, The New York State Council on the Arts, The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and Congo Love.
This presentation is made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, 2017 Electronic Media and Film Presentation Funds Grant program, administered by the ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.