Screening - CONGO IN FOUR ACTS

CONGO IN FOUR ACTS

Time

Date

Location

 

Admission

12:30pm

Thursday, October 6, 2011

CHITUNGWIZA - YOUNG AFRICA SKILLS CENTRE

FREE

Directed by
Dieudo Hamadi, Divita Wa Lusala, Patrick Ken Kalala, Kiripi Katembo Siku
Producer

Djo Tunda Wa Munga, Steven Markovitz

Directors of Photography

Dieudo Hamadi, Deschamps Matala, Divita wa Lusala

Country

Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Africa (2010)

Running time

Language

Genre

69 mins

English, French (English Subtitles)

Documentary

Synopsis

A quartet of powerful short films that examines social issues in an impoverished African nation, Congo in Four Acts is an eye-opening exposé that lays bare the reality of everyday life in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Initiated as an educational project to help young filmmakers develop their craft, the end result is an unpolished vérité gem, with an engaging consistency linking the films together. Ladies in Waiting channels Frederick Wiseman as it chronicles the bureaucratic dysfunctions of a Kinshasa maternity ward. Symphony takes us on a staggering tour of the Kinshasa slums. Zero Tolerance is a searing snapshot of sexual violence in east DRC.  Mine is a heart-rending examination of a polluted settlement where young children earn meagre wages by breaking rocks.  Congo in Four Acts is a fine example of the socio-political advocacy art that can result from putting documentary tools into the hands of local citizens.