New York is preparing to host the “Congo in Harlem 4” at the Maysles Cinema in Harlem neighborhood.
The event taking place from 12th to 21st October 2012, showcases innovative work that celebrates Congolese culture, raises awareness about the Democratic Republic of Congo’s challenges, provokes dialogue, and encourages community engagement.
This year’s series highlights a wide selection of films by Congolese and international directors, ranging from political exposés to personal journeys, historical inquiries, artistic provocations, and groundbreaking animation.
Highlights of “Congo in Harlem 4” include a retrospective of the work of pioneering Congolese animator Jean Michel Kibushi; the much buzzed-about “Episode III: Enjoy Poverty”, followed by a post-screening discussion with filmmaker Renzo Martens; “Cuba: An African Odyssey”, with director Jihan El-Tahri in attendance; Thierry Michel’s “The Chebeya Affair: A State Crime?”; a sneak peak at Kinshasa native Dieudonne Hamadi’s Atalaku, a hard-hitting exposé of Congo’s 2011 elections; “White Elephant”, Kristof Bilson’s elegant study of the crumbling central post office in Kinshasa; a pair of deeply personal journeys into the past (“Return to Mandima” and “In the Footsteps of My Other”); a bold exploration of corruption and impunity (“Justice for Sale”); and two cautionary tales of colonial racism (“Ota Benga” and “Boma Turvuren: The Voyage”).
Many screenings will be followed by discussions with the filmmakers, musical performances, and receptions.
In addition to the films, “Congo in Harlem 4” will present a special off-site panel discussion at the New York Society for Ethical Culture – “KONY 2012: Lessons for Congo” – that explores the implications of Invisible Children’s KONY 2012 video campaign for DR Congo.
There will also be live musical performances by Congolese rapper Alesh, and New York’s own Isaac Katalay. The Maysles Cinema lobby and community space will showcase artwork by Goma’s Justin Kasereka, and digital photographs by TIME Magazine photographer Michael Christopher Brown.
“Congo in Harlem 4” 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 DISH Africa TV, The Cultures of Resistance Network, V-Day, and Panzi Foundation USA.
Proceeds from “Congo in Harlem 4” will be contributed to a fund supporting emerging Congolese filmmakers.
CONGO IN HARLEM 4
Dates: 12th to 21st October 2012
Venue: Maysles Cinema
343 Lenox Avenue/Malcolm X Blvd
New York, NY 10027