DOWNSTREAM TO KINSHASA

Director: Dieudo Hamadi
Democratic Republic of Congo / 2020 / 90 min

Last streamed on Mon, Jan 24

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The first film from the Democratic Republic of the Congo to earn Official Selection status at Cannes, Hamadi’s documentary follows several survivors of the country’s 2000 Six-Day War as they trek to the capital, Kinshasa, petitioning to receive compensation for the terrible losses they incurred in that conflict, and facing a labyrinth of red tape when they arrive. A stirring and at times shocking work, and a too-rare opportunity to see Africans telling their stories to a filmmaker with roots in their own community. “A documentary about Sisyphean persistence in the face of institutional indifference… Riveting.”—The New York Times

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