"Kinshasa Symphony" & "Papa Wemba: Singing for a Democratic Congo"
Papa Wemba: Singing for a Democratic Congo
(Cultures of Resistance, 2010, 4 min.)
(Dir. Claus Wischmann and Martin Baer, 2010, 95 min.)
In a country better known for conflict and corruption, a group of 200 individuals has managed to forge one of the most complex systems of human cooperation ever undertaken: a symphony orchestra. As the musicians prepare for a public performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, they must overcome a litany of challenges, including power cuts, traffic noise, makeshift instruments, and the rigors of survival in one of the world's most chaotic cities. The result is a document of passion, cooperation, and the power of music.
***Proceeds from Congo in Harlem will go toward a fund for emerging Congolese filmmakers ***
ABOUT CONGO IN HARLEM 3:
Congo in Harlem 3 is the third annual series of Congo-related films and special events at the Maysles Cinema in Harlem. This year's program, Oct 16th - 23rd, features a wide range of films by Congolese and international directors, representing some of the most important issues facing the Democratic Republic of Congo today. Most screenings will be followed by panel discussions, special events, musical performances, and receptions. Congo in Harlem 3 will provide audiences with more than the traditional movie-going experience -- it will offer opportunities to celebrate Congolese culture, learn about the ongoing humanitarian crisis, engage in dialogue, and get involved.
A critical focus of this year's program will be the upcoming 2011 presidential elections in Congo, scheduled to take place in late November. Key issues will be addressed in panel discussions and post-screening Q&As.
Throughout the series, there will be a silent auction of fashion items created by African designers, courtesy of Bel Esprit. Proceeds from the auction will help support the ongoing programming of Congo In Harlem.
Congo in Harlem 3 is a non-profit series. All events have been made possible by the generous support of DISH Africa TV, Caipirinha Foundation, V-Day, Panzi Foundation USA, and contributions from other organizations and individuals.
Series Partners and Friends: Friends of the Congo, V-DAY-Harlem, Man-Up, Now AfriCAN, New York African Film Festival, Project Girl Performance Collective, HEAL Africa, Panzi Foundation USA, Cultures of Resistance, Mutaani FM, Yole!Africa, V-Day, Tabilulu Productions, Music Box Films, National Geographic Entertainment
Maysles Cinema (View)
343 Lenox Ave.
New York, NY 10027
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