Dir. Dieudonne Hamadi
Documentary, 2018, 75 min.
Lingala w/ English subtitles
In January 2015, President Joseph Kabila defied democratic process, and sought a constitutional amendment to extend his leadership for a third term. Congo erupted in demonstrations.
Kinshasa Makambo documents this tenuous moment, still unfolding in current politics, through the stories of three members of the resistance. There is Ben, living in exile in New York, who returns to Congo to join the struggle at the urging of his countrymen; Jean Marie, just released from prison, who continues to speak out despite threats from the secret service; and Christian, fighting in the streets of Kinshasa, even after the death of opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi dashes hopes for a viable candidate.
Should one resist in exile or fight on the ground in the Congo? Should resistance be non-violent or should force be used if required? Filmed with a handheld camera that stays very close to its subjects, even in precarious conditions, Dieudo Hamadi explores these questions, capturing a critical moment in the future of Congo.
+ Panel Discussion with Special Guests and
Opening Night Reception