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Congo in Harlem 5 Festival Pass
Maysles Cinema
New York City, NY
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Congo in Harlem 5 Festival Pass
Friday, October 18th- Sunday, October 27th
Congo In Harlem
(From October 18th - 27th Maysles Cinema will host the 5th Annual Congo in Harlem film and event series.)

Congo in Harlem is a weeklong program of films and special events focused on the history, politics, and culture of the Democratic Republic Congo. The goal of the series is to deepen the global community's understanding of DR Congo through art and dialogue. Each year, we strive to present a diverse program that encourages audiences to think critically and challenge their own assumptions about Africa. But we also want people to have an enjoyable experience! Congo in Harlem is more than just movies and discussions -- it's an opportunity to discover Congolese food, music, and artwork, learn about Congo's challenges, and get involved in efforts for change in the Congo. Highlights from this year's program include a spotlight on pioneering Congolese filmmaker Mweze Ngangura who will be in attendance, as well as a range of films from Congolese and international directors, live music and special guests.

Congo in Harlem is a volunteer-run, non-profit series produced by Maysles Cinema, True-Walker Productions, and Friends of the Congo. It is made possible by the generous support of Cultures of Resistance Network, United Methodist Women (UMW) and V-DAY. Series Partners and Friends include: California Newsreel, Elokomakasi Productions, Mutaani FM, The New York African Film Festival, MFA Social Documentary Film program - School of Visual Arts, V-DAY - Harlem, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom - NY Metro Branch, and Yole!Africa. Media partners include: Applause Africa, Face2Face Africa, OkayAfrica, Black Star News and WBAI.

Screenings are open to the public at a suggested donation of $10. Box office opens 1 hour prior to show time and advance tickets are available through Brown Paper tickets. A special group discount is available for the purchase of 5 or more tickets to any one  screening. Series passes for access to all events throughout the week are $50.

Seating is limited and available on a first come first served basis. We recommend arriving 30 minutes before event's start time to secure a seat in the main screening room. Overflow seating with simulcast projection will be available for latecomers.

Friday, October 18th, 7:00pm
SocDoc at the School of Visual Arts
136 West 21st Street
(Special off-site event)
100% Free

Off-site Panel: Art and Media in Congo
Six internationally acclaimed artists with recent or
in-progress works in Congo come together to discuss
their processes, perspectives and interests in Congo
as a site of art production.

Followed by reception

Petna Ndaliko Katondolo & Cherie Rivers Ndaliko, Filmmakers & Founders, Yole!Africa Cultural Center
Richard Mosse, Photographer, Infra
Renzo Martens, Filmmaker & Founder, Institute for Human Activities
Dan McCabe, Photographer & Filmmaker, This is Congo
Shana Mongwana, Filmmaker/Actress & Founder, Africa Lives!

Neelika Jayawardane, Professor, SUNY Oswego and contributor, Africa is a Country

This is a free event, but seating is extremely limited. Reservations through Brown Paper Tickets are highly encouraged. Limit 2 tickets per reservation order. Reserved places must be claimed at least 15 minutes prior to the event as stand-by list will be opened at this time.
Sunday, October 20th, 12:00pm
Film Voyagers Children's Program:
Bobo & Kipi

4 episodes, 50 min. total
Join Bobo the bonobo, Kipi the okapi, and their many
friends in their magical village in Congo and
discover an extraordinary world where every adventure
offers a unique opportunity to learn. Bobo & Kipi is
a fun-filled, action-packed, music-laden children's
TV show incorporating puppets, animation and live-
***Opening Night Celebration***
Co-Presented by Yole!Africa
Mabele Na Biso (Our Land)
Petna Katondolo, 2013, 33 min.
French, Topoke and Lingala w/ English subtitles
'Aid' and 'Independence' are terms that riddle the rhetoric of Western engagement with and imagination of Africa. But what is independence in our increasingly globalized world? Mabele Na Biso ("Our Land") takes us on a journey through time and space to explore one region's commitment to autonomy and self-determination. Through the unlikely story of a radio station that has been modified to run on a generator fueled by locally produced palm oil, we see a different story of African independence  one rooted in a history of defiance that has become a model of community engagement.

Preceded by
TD Jack Muhindo, 2013, 10 min.
French and Lingala w/ English subtitles
Sarah is a documentary film about a young woman of 26 years. She lives in a poor neighborhood in Kinshasa with her family and aspires to become a great businesswoman. To get there, she works simultaneously running a street restaurant, hair salon and tailor shop. Every day she is a restaurateur, hairdresser and seamstress.

Followed by post-screening discussion with filmmakers Petna Ndaliko Katondolo & Cherie Rivers Ndaliko, film subject Samual Yagase, and special guests

+ Reception with Congolese food and live musical performance by Isaac Katalay
Monday, October 21st, 7:30pm
Berlin 1885: The Division of Africa
Joel Calmettes, 2011, 84 min.
French w/ English subtitles
In 1885, representatives from the Great Powers of
Europe came together in Berlin to set up guidelines
for the division, colonization and economic
exploitation of the continent of Africa. No African
representatives were invited. Central to the
negotiations of the "Berlin Conference on Africa" was
the establishment of Congo as a free trade zone under
the personal rule of Kind Leopold II of Belgium. Rich
archival and scholarly material, plus dramatic
reenactments based on transcripts of the Conference
proceedings provide an insightful window into the
events that would launch the Scramble for Africa and
a turning point for millions by the hands of a few.

Followed by post-screening discussion with special
guests TBA.
Tuesday, October 22nd, 7:30pm
The Irresistible Rise of Moise Katumbi
Thierry Michel, 2013, 83 min.
French and Swahili w/ English subtitles
Wealthy Congolese businessman, Moïse Katumbi, is not
only governor of the African province of Katanga,
rich in precious minerals, but also president of the
area's famous soccer team, "TP Mazembe." Media,
sport, politics and business are all the ingredients
of the cocktail concocted by this new African messiah
named Moïse. He is the symbol of a new leadership
that gains power through ballot boxes and elections,
as well as being a symbol of a democracy based on
business and populism. A rival of Congo's President,
Joseph Kabila, will Moïse one day be elected the
country's leader?
Wednesday, October 23rd, 7:30pm
Documentary Shorts Showcase:
A collection of short documentary films by Congolese directors

Marché Koweit
Paul Shemisi, 2013, 15 min.
French and Lingala w/ English subtitles

Congolese Dreams
Philippe Cordey with Atelier Action de Kinshasa, 2013, 25 min.
French w/ English subtitles

Kin Kiesse
Mweze Ngangura, 1982, 26 min.
French and Lingala w/English subtitles
Thursday, October 24th, 7:30pm
Co-presented by California Newsreel
Pièces d'Identités (Pieces of Identity)
Mweze Ngangura, 1998, 93 min.
French w/ English subtitles
A Congolese king arrives Brussels in search of his long-lost daughter. What masquerades as a simple fable raises some of the most troubling issues of identity facing people of African descent in the ever-widening Diaspora of the late 20th century.

Followed by post-screening discussion with director
Mweze Ngangura.
Friday, October 25th, 7:30pm
Vol Spécial (Special Flight)
Fernand Melgar, 2011, 100 min.
French w/ English subtitles
Each year, thousands of men and women in Switzerland
are imprisoned without trial or sentence. Simply
because they stay in the country illegally, they may
be deprived of liberty for up to eighteen months
before being deported. Filmmaker Fernand Melgar
immersed himself for 9 months in the administrative
detention centre Frambois in Geneva, one of the 28
deportation centers for the paperless in Switzerland,
many of whom have been established in Switzerland for
years. From Jeton, a Kosovo Roma refugee, to Serge
from Congo, they pay their social insurance
contributions and send their children to school
until the day the immigration authorities arbitrarily
decide to imprison them to ensure their departure.
The problem is that no inmate is willing to leave the
country voluntarily. Thus begins a relentless
administrative procedure to force them to leave.

Followed by reception with live musical performances
by Lyke Mike, Isaac Katalay, and Rafiya.
Saturday, October 26th, 3:00pm
Panel Discussion: United Nations Peace Framework
On February 24, 2013, eleven African nations came together in Addis Ababa to sign the UN-drafted Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework Agreement in a new effort to bring stability to the Great Lakes region. A response to escalated violence in eastern Congo, the Framework Agreement outlines mechanisms aimed at addressing both regional and national obstacles to peace. But after 14 years of the UN mission in Congo, what prospects for peace can we expect from this new agreement? How will this peace agreement work alongside current military actions and political negotiations? What are the effects on the local population? A special panel of experts with extensive experience in the Great Lakes region will offer their perspectives and answer audience questions.

Severine Autesserre, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Barnard College
Mvemba Phezo Dizolele, foreign policy analyst and journalist

Milton Allimadi, Editor, Black Star News
Saturday, October 26th, 7:30pm
Co-presented by California Newsreel

La Vie Est Belle (Life is Rosy)
Mweze Ngangura and Benoit Lamy, 1987, 80 min.
French w/ English subtitles
Legendary Congolese musician Papa Wemba plays a poor country boy with music in his heart and big dreams. He travels to the city, where he falls in love with second wife of a prominent club owner. Can he win her hand and fulfill his dreams of being as singer?

Followed by post-screening discussion with director Mweze Ngangura
+ Reception with live musical performance by Isaac Katalay & the Life Long Band.
Sunday, October 27th, 12:00pm
Film Voyagers Children's Program (Encore

Bobo & Kipi
4 episodes, 50 min. total
Join Bobo the bonobo, Kipi the okapi and their many
friends in their magical village in Congo and
discover an extraordinary world where every adventure
offers a unique opportunity to learn. Bobo & Kipi is
a fun-filled, action-packed, music-laden chidren's TV
show incorporating puppets, animation and live-
Sunday, October 27th, 3:00pm
Fiction Shorts Showcase:
Three short films by emerging Congolese directors from Kinsasha.

Tshoper Kabambi, 2012, 30 min.
Lingala w/ English subtitles

Clarisse Muvuba Mwimbu, 2012, 24 min.
Lingala w/ English subtitles

Dubious Customer
Patrick Ken Kalala, 2012, 23 min.
Swahili w/ English subtitles


Maysles Cinema (View)
343 Lenox Avenue
New York City, NY 10011
United States


Film > Festivals
Film > Movies

Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Maysles Cinema
On BPT Since: Oct 23, 2009
Maysles Cinema

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