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"A Bewitched Life", discussion w/ dir. Monique Phoba [Congo in Harlem 2 Opening Night]
Maysles Cinema
New York, NY
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"A Bewitched Life", discussion w/ dir. Monique Phoba [Congo in Harlem 2 Opening Night]
A Bewitched Life
Dir. Monique Mbeka Phoba, 2004, 52min
Monique Mbeka Phoba, the director of the film, spent part of her childhood in Zaire (DR Congo), where witchcraft plays an integral role in people's lives. After moving to Belgium, she lost touch with this aspect of her culture, in part because her parents kept her away from it, even though they were believers themselves. Phoba emabarks on a journey back to her roots, guided by an 84-year old man accused of being a witch in his childhood. Through frank discussions between Phoba and those close to her, the film follows the rhythms of its maker's search to find the meaning of witchcraft in Congo.

Discussion with director Monique Phoba + opening night reception

Evening Co-Presented by The New York African Film Festival

Part of Congo in Harlem 2 series (October 8th - 23rd, 2010):
Congo in Harlem 2 is the second annual series of Congo-related films and events at the Maysles Cinema in Harlem. This year's program showcases a wide range of films by Congolese and international directors, representing 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 2 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 dialog, and get involved.



Maysles Cinema
343 Lenox Ave.
New York, NY 10027
United States

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