“Viva Riva!”, a new movie on street life and crime in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been released.
Directed by Djo Tunda Wa Munga, “Viva Riva!” is a gangster thriller about a charismatic criminal, Riva, for whom a sudden burst of stolen wealth ignites an exhilarating, hedonistic and perilous journey through one of the most intriguing cities in Africa – Kinshasa.
“Viva Riva!” expertly combines a fresh rhythm, violence and eroticism that promises to ignite a new wave of African cinema, whilst demonstrating the intelligence, wit and technical accomplishment of European cinema.
The irony of the petrol thief Riva’s journey is that he lives in a nation widely recognised to be the richest on the planet in terms of untapped natural resources (in excess of $23 trillion), and yet the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo are amongst the poorest on the planet with the second lowest GDP per capita.
“Viva Riva!” steers entirely clear of politics, with a main focus on story-telling. It treats its audience to an imaginative portrait of vibrant rogues competing on the streets of Kinshasa.
Trailblazing Congolese writer/director Djo Tunda Wa Munga mixes a heady cocktail of rich colour, dynamism and local music that marks him as an emerging force in World Cinema.
The film which was released on 24th June is now showing in selected cinemas including the Ritzy in London.
Director: Djo Tunda Wa Munga
Starring: Manie Malone, Patsha Bay, Hoji Fortuna,
2011, 96 mins
The Ritzy Cinema
Brixton Oval, Coldharbour Lane, London SW2 1JG