Films

KINSHASA SYMPHONY
Claus Wischmann & Martin Baer, 2010, DRC/Germany, 95min.
Picture 200 musicians playing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in the Congo! A fascinating look at the lone Congolese symphony orchestra, which has persevered through war and other crises. This powerful film is about the Congo, the people of Kinshasa, and the power of music.
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A TRIP TO ALGIERS (VOYAGE À ALGER)
Abdelkrim Bahloul, Algeria/France, 2010, 97min.
In 1962, a young woman has lost everything during the war for independence in Algeria. A Frenchman who is leaving the country offers her and her six children his former home. An unscrupulous government official is trying to take the home away from her.

A SCREAMING MAN (UN HOMME QUI CRIE)
Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Chad/France/Belgium, 2010, 88min.
Adam, a former swimming champion, is a pool attendant at a hotel in Chad. When the hotel gets taken over by Chinese owners, he must give up his job to his son. Meanwhile rebel forces are attacking the government and the authorities demand that everyone contribute to the “war effort.”
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1st GRADER
Directed by Justin Chadwick –Kenya, 2011 (105mins)
In a small, remote mountain top primary school in the Kenyan bush, hundreds of children are jostling for a chance for the free education newly promised by the Kenyan government. One new applicant causes astonishment when he knocks on the door of the school.  He is thefirstgrader-themovie.com Maruge (Oliver Litondo), an old Mau Mau veteran in his eighties, who is desperate to learn to read at this late stage of his life.  He fought for the liberation of his country and now feels he must have the chance of an education so long denied – even if it means sitting in a classroom alongside six-year-olds.
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SHORT COMBO#1 (68 MINS)

LEZARE (FOR TODAY)
Zelalem Woldemariam Ezare, Ethiopia, 2010, 14min.
Lezare is a revealing and touching story about a homeless boy in a small village in southern Ethiopia. A powerful message, and beautifully shot film, about global warming and shortsightedness.
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ONE WAY, A TUAREG JOURNEY
Fabio Caramaschi, Italy/Niger, 2010, 52min.
Caramaschi’s inspirational documentary chronicles a separated family’s slow, fractured emigration from Niger to Italy, and the adversity and opportunities they find there.
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SHORT COMBO#2 (104 MINS)

KONGO: 50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE OF CONGO
Kongo is a documentary series in three episodes that focus on the colonization of the largest country in Central Africa, Congo, whose destiny was out of ordinary. This movie series offers an original and new perspective on that region, drawing on the historiography and using the latest methods of docudrama movie.
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KONGO Ep. 2: GRAND ILLUSIONS [1908 – 1960]
Daniel CATTIER, Belgium, 2010, 52 min.
In this episode (#2), the Belgian Congolese region set up recently is shaken up by a clash of ideals. On one side there’s the White conservative community convinced of their legitimacy, and on the other hand the Black community torn between racial diversity and auto-determination. In 1908, under heavy criticism, King Leopold II yields the Independent State of Congo – which was until then his own, personal, private property (!) – to Belgium.

During the following half century, colons & natives groups will separately build the nation of Congo. This second episode deals with little known black and white figures whose actions and thoughts have played key roles in the history of Congo. Each character gives his point of view on one of the major pieces of the history of the XX century.
KONGO EP 3: THE STUMBLED GIANT [1960 – 2010]
Dirs.Jean-François BASTIN and  Isabelle CHRISTIAENS, Belgium, 2010, 52 min.

Historic Fresco on the « Belgian Congolese » region, one of the richest regions in Africa. This document stands out by its original mix of archives and cartoons.

On June 30, 1960, Congo became brutally independent. Historical symbol of hope and renewal, Patrice Lumumba was quickly disqualified and murdered. He becomes so, curious and attentive observer of his country’s turmoil, from Joseph Kasavubu to Joseph Kabila, from UN to the MONUC.

This episode tells us the immense difficulty of building a nation on the ruins of colonial alienation. Patrice Lumumba tells a passionate story of his country from 1960 to 2010.

BROTHERS IN ARMS
Dir. Jack Lewis, South Africa, 2007, 83 min.In English, Afrikaans, Spanish and Portuguese
Brothers in Arms is a biopic of the life of Ronald Herboldt, the only South African, and as Herbolt attests, the only African to participate in the Cuban Revolution. This incredible story shows how Ronald found himself in Cuba in 1958 and joined Fidel Castro’s Rebel Army. In 1975 and again in 1987-88 Angola asked for Cuban help to repulse the South African invasion, Ronald was amongst the first to volunteer, fulfilling his wish to directly participate in the movement against apartheid. Finally able to return home for good in 1998, Ronald was reunited with his South African family. Brothers in Armsfollows his reunion with his family while revealing the story of his vibrant life in Cuba. The film is an extraordinary tale of Pan-Africanism as it lives well beyond the borders of Africa.