5 Films To Look Out For At 'Congo In Harlem'

The fifth annual Congo in Harlem weeklong film and event series begins Friday October 18th and runs through Sunday October 27th.


This Friday, October 18th kicks off the 5th annual Congo in Harlem film series, a weeklong event that focuses on the history, politics, and culture of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The program includes movie screenings, discussions, food, music, art, and panels, all of which serve to reach the festival's goal of deepening NYC's understanding of the DRC. Below we detail five features that'll be showcasing next week.

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Mabele Na Biso (Our Land)

(2013) 33 min. Dir. Petna Ndaliko Katondolo

When: Sunday, October 20th, 6pm

The short documentary follows the story of a communal radio station in a rural DRC village, challenging status quo dialogue on 'international aid' and 'independence' in the Congo.

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Berlin 1885: The Division of Africa

(2011) 84 min. Dir. Joel Calmettes

When: Monday, October 21, 7:30pm

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The Irresistible Rise of Moïse Katumbi

(2013) 83 min. Dir. Thierry Michel French and Swahili w/ English subtitles

When: Tuesday, October 22nd, 7:30pm

Wealthy Congolese businessman Moïse Katumbi has become a symbol of a new democratic leadership based on business and populism in the DRC, one that gains power through ballot boxes and elections. Rising via a winning combination of "soccer, populism, self-love and entrepreneurship," Katumbi is both governor of Katanga as well as president of the areaʼs famous soccer team, “TP Mazembe."

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Vol Spécial (Special Flight)

(2011) 1 hr, 40 min. Dir. Fernand Melgar

When: Friday, October 25th, 7:30pm

Melgar's disquieting film offers perspective on forced deportations of asylum seekers in Switzerland.

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La Vie Est Belle (Life is Rosy)

(1987) 80 min. Dir. Mweze Ngangura and Benoit Lamy

When: Saturday, October 26, 7:30pm

Congolese rumba legend Papa Wemba stars as Kourou, a country boy who moves to the city to follow his musical dreams. The screening will be followed by a discussion with director Mweze Ngangura as well as live music from Isaac Katalay & The Life Long Project Band.

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The Congo In Harlem program runs from Friday, Oct. 18th until Sunday, Oct. 27th. Screenings are open to the public at a suggested donation of $10. Box office opens 1 hour prior to show time and advance tickets are available here. All events take place at Maysles Cinema (343 Lenox Ave, NYC) unless otherwise noted.

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