Courtesy of Icarus Films

Downstream to Kinshasa

Part of Curators’ Choice 2021
Sunday, January 9, 2022, 3:00 p.m.
Museum of the Moving Image - Bartos Screening Room

Dir. Dieudo Hamadi. Democratic Republic of the Congo/France/Belgium, 2020, 90 mins. In Lingala and Swahili with English subtitles. Decades ago, the armies of Uganda and Rwanda fought in Kisangani, a city in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the birthplace of the director Dieudo Hamadi. The war resulted in thousands of deaths and injuries. Now, the members of the Association of Victims of the Six-Day War fight for the recognition of this bloody conflict and demand compensation for their losses. Tired of bureaucratic negotiations and unsuccessful pleas, the survivors decide to journey through the Congo River to the capital, Kinshasa, to voice their claims. In between documenting the protests, Hamadi showcases the spirited performances of Troupe les zombies de Kisangi, the theatrical troupe created by the same war victims. This powerful documentary represents the resilience and resistance of people who, according to Hamadi, have “an indomitable desire to live.” Official Selection of the 2020 Cannes Film Festival and the 2020 Toronto Film Festival. An Icarus Films release.

Tickets: $15 / $11 senior and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / discounted for MoMI members ($7–$11). Order tickets. Please pick up tickets at the Museum's admissions desk upon arrival. All seating is general admission. Review safety protocols before your visit.