DFT @ Home | Downstream to Kinshasa
(Democratic Republic of Congo/2020—directed by Dieudo Hamadi)
Over six days in June 2000, the Congolese city of Kisangani was the scene of deadly violence between the Ugandan and Rwandan armies. More than 10,000 shells exploded, killing thousands and injuring thousands more. Since then, victims of that six-day war have fought for recognition and compensation. Though Uganda was found guilty of committing war crimes by the International Court of Justice, the victims of the violence remain uncompensated decades later. Finally, they decided to take matters into their own hands.
.In the first Congolese film to become an official selection of the Cannes Film Festival, as well as the country's official submission to the Academy Awards®, acclaimed director Dieudo Hamadi (Mama Colonel) captures their long journey down the Congo River to seek justice in the capital city of Kinshasa, where this extraordinary documentary concludes with a complexity that can only be achieved through unblinking honesty. In Swahili and Lingala with English subtitles. (89 minutes)
“A documentary about Sisyphean persistence in the face of institutional indifference, Downstream to Kinshasa is electric and riveting.” —Devika Girish, The New York Times
“Downstream to Kinshasa proves Hamadi a significant voice in humanist, activist filmmaking, as well as an emerging figure of note telling African stories from perspectives rooted in the communities from which they hail.” —Pat Mullen, POV Magazine
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